A recent study published in Hospital Pediatrics reveals a NIH study highlights the growing suicide public crisis in the United States. The NIH-led study was conducted at three (3) large urban hospitals including:
- Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC
- Children’s Hospital Boston
- Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus, Ohio
The study was small in scope, but the results were alarming. The NIH investigators found that 1 in 3 children between the ages of 10-12 screened positive risk for suicide during emergency department (ED) visits—even though 7% of preteens who did screen positive for suicide risk actually sought treatment for physical as opposed to mental health symptoms. Hospital Pediatrics published the study.
Maryland Pao, MD, Clinical Director, NIMH DIRP