Scientists Reveal a Rapid Rise in Child Suicide-Related ER Visits

Scientists Reveal a Rapid Rise in Child Suicide-Related ER Visits


Depression and suicide are interconnected with each other. On one side the world is moving towards Mars, and on the other hand, people are facing loneliness. The case is not different in children. According to a new study, there is a rapid rise in the number of American children visiting the ER for suicidal attempts. The number doubled since 2007. Scientists used the data openly available from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. Every year, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducts this survey. From the hundreds of emergency room specimens, the researchers estimated the number of children between the ages 5-18. Even more, they pointed the children who received medical care for suicidal ideation or suicidal attempt.

According to the study published in JAMA Pediatrics, the average age of a child at the time of evaluation was 13. Besides, 43% of the visits to the emergency room were in children between 5 and 11. Dr. Brett Burstein is a pediatric emergency room physician at Montreal Children’s Hospital of McGill University Health Center. He is also a leading author of the study. Dr. Brett said the numbers are very shocking; it also represents a more significant percentage of visits to ER departments.

Dr. Gene Beresin, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, stated the rates of suicide and depression are soaring at a more considerable extent. The psychiatrist said depression mainly drags people towards death. According to the professor, the main reason behind depression is stress and pressure on kids. Parents are pressurizing kids to win, study, and many more. Beresin added parents and guardians are also more stressed. Along with kids, the suicidal rates have increased in other age groups over the past two decades. Hence, stress and pressure are carry forward from one generation to another. It passed from adults to children and kids. Increasing addiction to social media can be another reason. According to the CDC, around 15% of US high school students report that they are a victim of cyberbullying in 2018.

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