Study: ER visits from children and teens with suicidal thoughts and attempts has doubled


A new study says the number of children and teens who visit the emergency room for suicidal thoughts and attempts has doubled.

According to the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, from the 300 emergency rooms sampled, these kinds of visits have increased from 580,000 to 1.12 million.

The average age for patients at the time of this study was 13, but 43% of those visits were children up to 11 years old.

Hagerstown Mental Health Center says this is a pressing issue they see in their offices and tell us what they do to help.

“We provide school-based therapy for children here in the community working on coping skills, managing these stressors in their life, some of the warning signs to the kids may exhibit changes with family and friends not spending as much time as friends as they have been,” Kalee Messenger said, an outpatient therapist.

The Mental Health Center says they will continue to work help decrease these frightening numbers.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be called anytime, 1-800-273-8255. 

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