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Children with Suicidal Tendencies Going To ER Has Doubled

A fresh study has shown that the number of children and teenagers in the United States, who paid a visit to emergency rooms for suicidal thoughts as well as suicidal attempts had become two times in the period between 2007 and 2015. In the year 2007, in excess of 500,000 young people in the age bracket between 5 and 18 years went to the emergency room for an attempt to suicide or even for suicidal thoughts. This is as per the study that got published on Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. Eight years down the line, the number has become two times to reach a figure of more than one million.

43% of the juveniles, who had visited emergency rooms happened to be in the ages between 5 and 11. The researchers based the study through the data that was available in the public domain from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention between 2007 and 2015. A professor at the Emory University School of Medicine, Dr Nadine J. Kaslow said that the results coming out of this study are not at all a surprise. Experts in mental health agree that there is more than one reason for the high number.

Information gathered from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry goes to show that the majority of the nation faces a massive shortage of practising psychiatrists for children and adolescents. Currently, there are merely 17 providers for every 100,000 children. Experts have even suggested practising certain strategies at home. They say that parents must let their children fail. One must let children take risks, which would help them to learn ways to deal with these situations. Experts have even suggested to cut down on the time spent on social media and rather build quality time with family.

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