Rates of Adolescent Suicide Attempts and Thoughts

A recent study published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, examined rates of suicide attempt and suicidal thoughts in children. The examined emergency room and inpatient records, and found 115,856 combined incidents.

In 2008, the rate was 0.66%. In 2015, the rate was 1.82%. That is, children were twice as likely to be admitted to the emergency room or inpatient psychiatric unit for suicide attempts or sducidal thoughts.

The largest increase was for persons aged 15-18. The rate for girls was slightly higher than for boys. The rate of incidents increased most in the spring and fall, and least in the summer.