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Number of U.S. children having suicidal thoughts rising: Report

Research has found that visits to emergency rooms with suicidal thoughts increased sharply among U.S. children and teenagers.

• November 16, 2022
Photo of child at hospital used to illustrate story Photo Credit: Los Angeles Times

CNN on Wednesday reported that research has found that visits to emergency rooms with suicidal thoughts increased sharply among U.S. children and teenagers.

CNN cited a study published on Monday in the journal, ‘Pediatrics’.

The study found that visits to the emergency department caused by suicidal thoughts increased 59 per cent from 2016-2017 to 2019-2021, and hospitalisations for suicidal thoughts increased 57 per cent between fall 2019 and fall 2020.

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic drew renewed attention to suicide in teens and young children, but the study showed that the increase started even before the global health crisis.

In June, President Joe Biden’s administration said there had been an “unprecedented mental health crisis” among children.  


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