The number of children and adolescents thinking or attempting suicide has skyrocketed in the last decade. Hospital stays have doubled between 2008 and 2015.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently published a study on suicidal ideatment (SI) and suicide attempts (SA). They found that 0.8 percent of hospital visits to children's hospitals in 2008 were for suicide attempts and thoughts. In 2015, it was 1.82 percent.
This is a significant increase affecting all age groups in the study of people under the age of 17 years. The older age groups had higher rates of SI and SA than younger groups.
The National Institute of Health encourages parents and physicians to know the warning signs of suicidal thoughts. It recommends physicians ask their patients if they are thinking about suicide, take these thoughts seriously, and restrict access to items that can kill themselves, such as weapons. The organization also suggests that physicians help such patients connect to resources such as suicide hotlines and track them later.
If you or someone you know may consider suicide, please contact:  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
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LGBT suicide hotline: 888-843-4564