Study finds sharp increase in emergency room visits with suicidal thoughts among kids: CNN

NEW YORK, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) - A research has found that visits to the emergency rooms with suicidal thoughts increased sharply among U.S. children and teenagers, reported CNN, citing a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Dr. Elizabeth Brett Daily, left, walks with patient Haley Ruark after providing a medical abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022, in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo: AP)

The study found that visits to the emergency department caused by suicidal thoughts increased 59 percent from 2016-2017 to 2019-2021, and hospitalizations for suicidal thoughts increased 57 percent between fall 2019 and fall 2020.

The effects of COVID-19 pandemic drew renewed attention to suicide in teens and young children, but the study showed that the increase started even before the global health crisis.

The Biden administration said in June that there has been an "unprecedented mental health crisis" among kids.