In 2008, 0.66% of hospital visits across 31 children's hospitals were related to suicide; by 2015, that had risen to 1.82%, a near tripling of the rate.
The number of school-age children and adolescents hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or attempts has more than doubled since 2008, according to a new Vanderbilt-led study published today in Pediatrics. The rate of increase was highest among adolescent girls.
"We began to notice in our own children's hospital about ten years ago we were beginning to see an increase in the number of children admitted for suicide ideation or attempt and were surprised to find the increase is nationwide". Seasonal trends and gender variations were also found. The biggest increases were noted among teens 15 to 17 years old and girls.More news: West Ham offer manager's job to Paulo Fonseca
Data from the Pediatric Health Information System allowed the researchers to use billing codes to determine the differences between emergency department encounters, observation stays, and inpatient hospitalizations related to suicide.
The New York Times reported the proportion of emergency room and hospital encounters for these suicide-related diagnoses nearly tripled, from 0.66 percent in 2008 to 1.82 percent in 2015. Children aged 12-14 represented 37 percent of the events, while about 13 percent accounted for children between 5 and 11. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
"The growing impact of mental health issues in pediatrics on hospitals and clinics can longer be ignored, particularly in a time when mental health resources for children appear to be static, and woefully scarce across the U.S", said Plemmons. There were significant increases in percentage of SI and SA encounters across all age groups, sexes, races and ethnicities, and household income quartiles except for the lowest quartile income subgroup. Specifically, there were almost twice as many attempts reported in October as in July (9.9% of all encounters vs 5.9%, respectively).More news: Cent Just Roasted A Lawyer After Being Accused Of Posting Revenge Porn
The researchers looked overall suicide ideation and attempt rates in school-age children and adolescents then they evaluated the data month-by-month and found seasonal trends in the encounters.
"Youth may face increased stress and decreased mental health when school is in session", the authors wrote.More news: 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 14 Finale: How Did April and Arizona Leave?