Adolescent suicide rates have risen alarmingly since the onset of the coronavirus epidemic, especially among girls. These cases were probably not unrelated to the quarantine restrictions.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of cases referred to the emergency department for possible suicides in people between the ages of 12 and 17 in the summer of 2020 compared to 2019 is about 22.3%. Has been more. This statistic has increased by more than 39.1% in the winter of 2020 compared to the previous year.
These data sound the alarm especially for girls aged 12 to 17 years. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that the number of referrals for possible suicides of girls to the emergency department in March of last year was up to 50% higher than the same period of 2019.
The suicide rate has risen alarmingly
Girls in this age group also went to the emergency room in the period of August 2020, about 26% more than the same period of 2019. CDC researchers based their analysis on data collected by the National Syndromic Surveillance Program. The report of this center states:
“Adolescents are a group that is likely to be at high risk because they are particularly affected by health measures such as physical distance (away from school, teachers and classmates), they face barriers to receiving psychotherapy, they are more likely to turn to drugs. “They take drugs, and they worry about family health and economic issues, and these are all factors influencing suicide.”
Mental health has been important since the beginning of the corona epidemic, and the CDC report has some recommendations in this regard:
“Adults can become more aware of their suicidal thoughts and behaviors by spending more time at home and with teens.”