NIH Study Finds 1 in 3 Preteens Screens Positive for Suicide Risk

Mar 18, 2019 | CNS, Mental Health, Suicide

Teen Suicide

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.

Lead Research/Investigator

Maryland Pao, MD, Clinical Director, NIMH DIRP


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