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Hospitalizations and emergency room visits for suicide attempts and ideation rose nationally among children and teens from 2016 to 2021, a new study has found — the latest in a series of alarm bells about the state of young people’s mental health. 

According to the research, published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Network Open, nearly 66% of the cases were girls, and the average age was 15. The study also revealed seasonal trends: ER visits and hospitalizations were 15% higher in April and 24% higher in October than the January rate, which the study used as a baseline because it was close to the annual average. However, 2020 was an exception both to the seasonal fluctuations and the increase in suicidality over time.

Taken as a whole, the researchers said the findings indicate that the academic calendar may affect youth mental health.


In a recent NBC News article, the alarming rise in suicidal thoughts and attempts among hospitalized teenagers sheds light on the pressing need for comprehensive addiction support. The report emphasizes the critical role that addiction treatment centers, like, play in assisting adolescents battling addiction and mental health challenges.

The article underscores that an increasing number of teens are grappling with mental health issues and substance abuse, leading to suicidal ideation and attempts. The situation calls for urgent action and compassionate intervention to address the root causes of addiction and provide adequate support for young individuals on their journey to recovery. stands as a beacon of hope for teens and their families, offering a lifeline of expert care and guidance. The treatment center’s experienced professionals are equipped to understand the unique challenges faced by adolescents and provide tailored, evidence-based interventions that foster healing and growth.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction or mental health issues, take the crucial step of reaching out for help. Call’s helpline at 855-339-1112 today, and let their compassionate team guide you towards a brighter and healthier future. Remember, you are not alone in this battle, and support is just a phone call away. Together, we can create a safer, more resilient environment for our teens, empowering them to overcome addiction and embrace life with renewed hope.


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Felisa Laboro has been working with addiction and substance abuse businesses since early 2014. She has authored and published over 1,000 articles in the space. As a result of her work, over 1,500 people have been able to find treatment. She is passionate about helping people break free from alcohol or drug addiction and living a healthy life.

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