Exploration of the correlation between sleep problems and suicidal ideation in adolescents
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Exploration of the correlation between sleep problems and suicidal ideation in adolescents

Amy Crilly Registered mental health nurse, Regional child and adolescent mental health inpatient unit, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Catherine Monaghan Nursing lecturer, Queen’s University Belfast, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

There has been an increase in the number of adolescents who display self-harm behaviours, and suicidal ideation, and it is important to explore the reasons for this. The literature suggests that there is a link between these issues and sleep problems, but also suggests that bullying, school stressors and change in family dynamics might also play a part. This article critically appraises some of the literature on the link between sleep problems and suicidal ideation in adolescents, and finds there is a significant correlation. However, other external factors are also implicated.

Mental Health Practice. 21, 4, 19-22. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2017.e1195



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Received: 11 July 2016

Accepted: 07 June 2017

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