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Number of Children Going to ER with Suicidal Thoughts, Attempts Doubles, Study Finds

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The number of children and teens in the United States who visited emergency rooms for suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts doubled between 2007 and 2015, according to a new analysis.

Researchers used publicly available data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, administered by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention every year. From the 300 emergency rooms sampled, the researchers tracked the number of children between 5 and 18 who received a diagnosis of suicidal ideation or suicide attempts each year.

Diagnoses of either condition increased from 580,000 in 2007 to 1.12 million in 2015, according to the study, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. The average age of a child at the time of evaluation was 13, and 43% of the visits were in children between 5 and 11.

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We are what we see, what we hear, and what we are taught. The value and meaning of our own human life and the life of others is much in question. Our entire society must undergo a virtual sea change and that will require wise leadership, if there is any to be had.

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Exquisitely and succinctly put, Carol.

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I actually noticed after posting this article that the period in which the study said the suicide rate had doubled, was in fact, during the Obama Administration. So, the picture of Trump I have accompanying the post may be a bit misleading. My apologies for that (although I wouldn't be surprised if the trend has accelerated since our current President took office.

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