Number of ER Visits for Suicidal Thoughts, Self-Harm Keeps Rising

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From U.S. News & World Report: “These types of emergency room visits shot up 25.5% from 2017 to 2018, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

Millions of Americans are at high risk for suicide each year, Foreman said, and nearly 50,000 die by suicide.

‘A couple of million will go on to attempt suicide each year, but there are 10 million people out there who hurt so badly that they want to die, and it’s not OK to leave these people in pain,’ she said …

The most substantial increases in emergency room visits for suicidal thoughts or self-harm were among younger age groups (girls aged 10 to 19 years increased nearly 34%, boys 10 to 19 increased 62%).

The school season may be related to stress for vulnerable children and teens.

The biggest increase in these emergency room visits was seen in the Midwest and Southeast, but rates also remained high in the West …

‘We don’t know why the rates are at a historic high. I’ll just tell you, we’re not entirely sure what’s happening here. What we can tell you is it’s the only major cause of death that we don’t aggressively fund research for,’ Foreman said.

‘What’s amazing to me is my average Uber driver is more confident about why people will kill themselves than me,’ she added.

Also, there are no standards for care, and little or no training is given in medical school, Foreman said. ‘We’re not acting like we care,’ she said.”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. “The school season may be related to stress for vulnerable children and teens.”

    Ever consider that the paranoia of the parents might explain why kids lives are being destroyed with ‘interventions’? And then why they go on to commit suicide?

    Nooooo, they just don’t know what’s good for them. “But we are going to teach them Bubba” (the Toecutter in Mad Max)

    • Such euphemisms! What we REALLY should say is, “Schools as designed are extremely stressful for a large percentage of children. We need to rethink how schools are run so we don’t keep traumatizing our young citizens.” You don’t have to be “vulnerable” for school to stress you out. In fact, schools appear to MAKE a lot of kids “vulnerable” in ways they would not be if they participated in a more child-centered, respectful institution.

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