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

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

There was a near doubling in the annual percentage of hospital visits for suicide ideation and suicidal attempts among children ages 5 to 17 (from 0.66% in 2008 to 1.82% in 2015), reported Gregory Plemmons, MD, of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, and colleagues.

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

The rates of death among the groups were highest in the fall and spring, and lowest in the summer. "Some people have theorized that social media is playing a role", There are also differences based on the gender of the kids. 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. Half of the encounters involved teens aged 15 to 17; 37 percent were 12 to 14; and nearly 13 percent were children aged 5 to 11 years. While increases were seen across all age groups, they were highest among teens ages 15-17, followed by ages 12-14.

Plemmons said the show presented a crossroads for many, but added that his study's data can not be ignored, particularly as suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents in the United States.

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They examined data from the Pediatric Health Information System database, with clinical and billing data from 49 US children's hospitals.

The study had taken inputs from various sources such as the hospital records.

The study, "Hospitalization for Suicide Ideation or Attempt", looked at trends in emergency room and inpatient encounters for suicide ideation and attempts in children ages 5-17 years at USA children's hospitals from 2008 to 2015.

Half of the encounters were children ages 15-17, 37 percent were children ages 12-14, and 12.8 percent were children ages 5-11. These work emphasize the growing need for mental health services and training for clinicians at children's hospitals, and suggests that further study of the contribution of school to SI and SA is needed. Rates were higher during the school year than in the summer, and almost two-thirds of the visits involved girls, according to results published in the medical journal Pediatrics.

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