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Hospitals See Alarming Increase in Suicidal Children
MedPage Today

Here’s a troubling thought: more kids and young adults are intentionally hurting themselves — sometimes lethally.

“The biggest news here is that there is a startling jump in the number of kids hospitalized for suicide and self injury between 2006 and 2011,” said Celeste Torio, PhD, MPH, scientific review officer, Office of Extramural Research Education and Priority Populations (OEREP) at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The data on self-injury and suicide come from a report, published in American Pediatrics that found inpatient visits for suicide, suicidal ideation, and self-injury rose by 104% from 29,000 in 2006 to just below 59,000 in 2011, while “all-cause” children’s hospitalizations have not increased.