The study observed drifts in an emergency room and inpatient experiences for suicide ideation and endeavors in kids ages 5-17 years at USA kids' healing facilities from 2008 to 2015. The study showed the proportion of young people treated at 31 USA children's hospitals for suicidal thoughts or attempts more than doubled between 2008 and 2015, from 0.66% of all visits to 1.82% of all visits. Suicidal ideation is a common term in the medical field, which refers to thinking about suicide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported past year that a drop in adolescent suicide in the 1990s and early 2000s reversed course in 2008, though it's not yet reached peak levels seen in the 1980s.
Using data from the Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS), the researchers used billing codes to identify emergency department encounters, observation stays and inpatient hospitalizations tied to suicide ideation and attempts.
The study indicates that children between the age group of 5 to 17 years made about two visits to the hospital for having suicidal thoughts and also attempts over the past decade, significantly from 2008 to 2015.
According to the data, the researchers were able to identify more than 115,000 encounters for suicide tendencies in emergency departments at 31 children's hospitals.
The highest increase has been observed in adolescent girls and among teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17 years old. Around 37 percent of the encounters were children between 12 and 14 years old, and almost 13 percent were between the ages of 5 and 11 years old.
In addition to the overall number of suicidal tendencies in children, the researchers also noticed that the rates were at their highest during the fall and spring seasons, but fell sharply during the summer.