Out of Despair – providing solutions to break the pathways leading to violent, suicidal and drug-induced deaths of young people (Young Despair)

Public description of the goals at the beginning of the project

Young Despair focuses on risk behaving adolescents and other young people who have faced extreme adverse consequences during their life course. Applying a social autopsy method, different data sources and advanced analyses we will scrutinize young people’s violent, suicidal, and drug-induced deaths as well as near-miss cases with non-fatal outcomes: the examination of these most severe cases yields knowledge that can be used to prevent negative trajectories among youth and to enhance understanding of how inequality, exclusion, and overall ill-being play out in young people’s lives. By improving the means to prevent extreme cases, the wider group of youth in distress can also be helped. The study will be conducted by researchers from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, the Finnish Youth Research Society, A-Clinic Foundation, and the universities of Helsinki, Tampere and Turku in collaboration with young people and interaction partners in practical fields and administration.

More information

  • Consortium's website Young Despair (in Finnish)
  • Consortium PI: Pekka Hakkarainen, Research Professor, Finnish institute for health and welfare, firstname.lastname(at)thl.fi

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