These findings suggest that the mental health of children and adolescents might still be affected by the pandemic, raising concerns about longterm consequences, especially given that previous attempted suicide has been found to be the strongest predictor of subsequent death by suicide, the researchers wrote in a paper outlining the findings.
Researchers also noted an increase in suicide attempts by girls up 36.8 between 2019 and 2021 among 10 to 19yearolds.
In all, girls accounted for 81.2 of the suspected suicide attempts in this age group, up from 77 in 2019.
Overall calls to the nations poison centers dropped 3.1 from 2019 to 2021.
An earlier UVA Health study found that suspected suicide attempts by poisoning among 6 to 19yearolds increased 26.7 between 2015 and 2020.
Kids most often used the common pain relievers acetaminophen and ibuprofen in their suicide attempts.
The antidepressants sertraline and fluoxetine and the overthecounter antihistamine diphenhydramine were also frequently used.
The findings were published April 21 in the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
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