Hospitals See Growing Numbers Of Kids And Teens At Risk For Suicide


Originally appeared here in NPR Posted May 16th

By Tara haelle 

Teens are visiting the hospital for suicidal thoughts or actions more frequently.

The number of kids who struggle with thoughts of suicide or who attempt to kill themselves is rising. New research, published Wednesday in Pediatrics, finds children ages 5 to 17 visited children's hospitals for suicidal thoughts or attempts about twice as often in 2015 as in 2008.

The study found kids of all ages are affected though increases were greatest for older adolescents.

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