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The number of children and teenagers who attempted to take their own lives or were thinking about doing so doubled between 2007 and 2015, a new study reveals.
In 2007, an estimated 580,000 people between 10 and 18 were seen for suicidal behavior in US emergency rooms.
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By 2015, that number had swollen to 1.12 million, according to alarming research conducted by Montreal Children's Hospital.
ER visits for suicide have only 'accelerated' upward since 1993, the scientists warn, suggesting a dire need for better preventive efforts and for specialized training for ER doctors.
Health - America - Children - Teenagers - Adults
The mental health of America's children, teenagers and young adults is in crisis, in the views of many public health experts.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people between 10 and 24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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And attempts, like young people are increasingly making, are the strongest predictor that someone will eventually take their own life, according to previous research.
Despite campaigns to raise suicide awareness and combat suicide among teenagers and children, the new study's findings only echo the trends the Canadian research team saw in the US between 1993 and 2008 - only the rise is moving faster, now.
Montreal - Children - Hospital - Team - Data
The Montreal Children's Hospital team analyzed data from the US's National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS) survey.
Using a nationally representative sample from that survey, they looked at 30,000 ER visits at 300 randomly selected US hospitals.
From those numbers, they estimated that there had been...
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