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New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that Suicide attempts have been made among children aged 12 to 17, especially teenage girls, during the COVID-19 pandemic. And it’s made worse by social distancing orders and longer government lockdowns.
The CDC said in a study published Friday that adolescent hospital emergency department visits had already increased in early May 2020, when the pandemic spread across the United States. From late July to late August 2020, the average weekly emergency department visits for suspected suicide attempts among girls aged 12 to 17 increased by 26.2% from the same period last year.
Disruption of daily life from pandemic lockdowns and social distancing orders. This could result in an increase in suicide attempts, the CDC said. In spring 2020, emergency department visits were down 16.8 percent among men and women aged 18 to 24 compared to the same period last year.
If you or someone you know is in a critical condition, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
By June 2020, 25% of adults surveyed in the same age group reported having epidemic-related suicidal thoughts in the past 30 days, consistent with 2019. As for suicide attempts, there has been an increase throughout the pandemic, the CDC said.
in adolescent girls Average weekly emergency department visits due to suspected suicide attempts from February 2021 to March 2021 were up 50.6% from the same period last year.
The CDC said emergency department visits for suspected suicide attempts included visits to attempt suicide. The same is true for self-harm without suicide.
The data was compiled by the CDC from the National Syndromic Surveillance Program’s emergency department visit data in 49 states. Not all states have consistent emergency department visit data. and racial and ethnic data were not available at the time of the study.
Suspects suicide attempts are often higher in girls than boys. But in this study The difference was more pronounced than previous studies. due to epidemic Study points to an increase in emergency department visits for suspected suicide attempts. It’s not a suicide increase, the CDC emphasizes in the study.
The increase in suspected suicide attempts in young people may be the result of social distancing. This includes a lack of connection with schools, teachers and peers. Other factors may include barriers to mental health treatment. increase in drug use and anxiety about the health and economic status of the family at home.
The average rate of emergency department visits for mental health issues and suspected child abuse also increased in 2020 compared to 2019, which may have contributed to an increase in suspected suicide attempts.
Studies have shown that increasing time at home for children may warn parents of their child’s mental health problems. and took them to the emergency department for treatment. which may contribute to the increase
The study also indicated that The data is likely to show the actual number of suspected suicide attempts is too low. Because Americans are reluctant to go to the hospital during the pandemic. due to fear of contracting COVID-19