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FACANHA, Jorge Daniel Neto et al. Suicide prevention in adolescents: the "believe" intervention program. SMAD, Rev. Eletrônica Saúde Mental Álcool Drog. (Ed. port.) [online]. 2010, vol.6, n.1, pp. 1-16. ISSN 1806-6976.

Today the prevention of suicidal behaviors among adolescents is one of the priority areas for intervention identified in the National Mental Health Plan. In the scope of this plan, the need to develop Primary Health Care-based responses and programs is also underlined. In this sense, an Intervention Program for suicidal behavior prevention called BELIEVE was outlined and implemented. The aim of the program is to assess adolescents' self-esteem and problem-solving skills and intervene to improve them. This program was divided into two lines of action: one aimed at Primary Health Care Technicians, and the other, school-based, aimed at 106 eighth and ninth grade students. The male adolescents have higher levels of self-esteem and fewer difficulties in the problem-solving strategy than girls. The implementation of the program allowed the identification of positive changes in self-esteem and problem-solving skills.

Palavras-chave : suicide; adolescents; prevention; intervention program.

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