Suicidal Thoughts, Attempts On The Rise Among Young People: 'It's A Critical Public-Health Crisis Right Now'

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An analysis of emergency and inpatient visits at 31 children's hospitals showed the percentage of total visits for suicidal ideation and suicide attempts have doubled from 0.66 percent in 2008 to 1.82 percent in 2015.

The study was published in a journal named Pediatrics and has gained the attention, since the rates have to do with mental health.

Moreover, the highest average increases were among adolescents (ages 15 to 17), and were higher for girls across age groups, the authors wrote in Pediatrics. While the study is limited by a lack of differentiation between encounters for SI and SA and lack of generalizability given completion at only free-standing children's hospitals, the study is notable for its large sample size and does contribute to the pediatric community's understanding of recent longitudinal, demographic, and seasonal trends in SI and SA encounters at children's hospitals.

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A new study finding a rise in suicidal thoughts and attempts among young people adds to the research pointing to a decline in mental health among USA children and adolescents. While increases were seen across all age groups, they were highest among teens ages 15-17, followed by ages 12-14.

Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had reported that there was a drop in cases of adolescent suicide in the 90s and early 2000s.

The study had taken inputs from various sources such as the hospital records. The children and adults have more than doubled from 2008 to 2015. Plemmons added, "particularly in a time when mental health resources for children appear to be static, and woefully scarce across the U.S". Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, said that the study is one of only a few to report higher rates of hospitalization for suicide during the academic school year. Twelve percent of the encounters occurred among children ages 5 to 11.

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New research shows a growing number of young people are thinking about taking their own lives, and the study suggests school stress may play a role.

Lead author Gregory Plemmons, a pediatrician and researcher at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., says the study results confirmed what he'd been seeing at the hospital.

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