Study: ER visits for suicidal thoughts, attempts among teens on the rise

New numbers show a spike in the amount of children and teens who visited the emergency room for suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics found the number doubled between 2007 and 2015. Diagnoses of either condition increased from 580,000 in 2007 to 1.12 million in 2015.

The study also found half of kids in the United States with mental health conditions like depression and anxiety go untreated.

Experts say that it’s important to reach out to those who you think may be experiencing suicidal thoughts.

“The things that we work on is just having people be able to have that conversation and identify when someone needs helps so they don’t complete a suicide never having received any help at all because no one was able to ask them that question,” said Mayo Clinic Health System Social Worker Christine Hughes.

Experts say social, parental, and academic factors can all play a role in teen mental health struggles.

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