Concerning Trends in Suicide

Recent data from the CDC shows a rise in suicide attempts in girls aged 12-17. What can psychiatrists do?

Christine Moutier, MD, discusses the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, Emergency Department Visits for Suspected Suicide Attempts Among Persons Aged 12–25 Years Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, January 2019–May 2021.

If you are interested in more 2020 suicide data from the CDC, The Leading Causes of Death in the US for 2020.

Dr Moutier recommends these resources for learning more about suicide prevention:

-Training for clinicians and health systems in suicide prevention

-Clinical handbook on Suicide Prevention released June 2021

-Suicide Prevention in the COVID-19 Era: Transforming Threat Into Opportunity

-Ring the Alarm report by the Congressional Black Caucus Task Force on Black Youth Suicide

Dr Moutier is Chief Medical Officer, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, New York, NY.

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