9 year study shows alarming increase to youth suicide attempt visits to hospitals

BOWLING GREEN Ky.- In the United States, suicide is not only a major public health concern, but it’s also the second leading cause of death among youth ages 10 to 18.

In a report released Monday by The Journal of the American Medical Association, suicide attempts or suicidal ideation-related visits to the emergency room nearly doubled from 580,000 to 1.12 million over the nine-year study period from 2007 to 2015.

The journal also mentions that attempted suicide is the strongest predictor of death by suicide.

Director of business development at Rivendell Behavioral Health Rhonda Linden, explains what a child should do after a suicide related trip to the emergency room.

“After hospitalization, it’s really important to continue with outpatient care. Continue to work with school counselors, continue to involve people in the family’s, in the patient’s life, to surround them with care so that they can continue to grow,” said Linden.

If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, you can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The hotline is available 24 hours a day.