Vanderbilt University medical researches find that the number of school-age children and adolescents hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or attempts has more than doubled in recent years. The study looked at trends in emergency room and inpatient encounters for suicide in children ages 5-17 from 2008 to 2015. While increases were seen across all age groups, they were highest among teens ages 15-17 who made up more than half the encounters.
One interesting finding is that peak times for hospital encounters for suicide are the highest in the fall and spring, during school. The lowest time for suicide interventions was in the summer.
Micah Clark executive director of AFA Indiana wonders if television might be a contributing factor.
This week the Parents Television Council and many other groups expressing concerns and a warning to parents over the Netflix series 13 reasons why that some attribute to a few youth suicide attempts.