The percentage of younger children and teens hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or actions in the United States doubled over nearly a decade, according to new research that will be presented Sunday at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting.
A steady increase in admissions due to suicidality and serious self-harm occurred at 32 children’s hospitals across the nation from 2008 through 2015, the researchers found. The children studied were between the ages of 5 and 17, and although all age groups showed increases, the largest uptick was seen among teen girls.
“We noticed over the last two, three years that an increasing number of our hospital beds are not being used for kids with pneumonia or diabetes; they were being used for kids awaiting placement because they were suicidal,” said Dr. Gregory Plemmons, presenter of the study and an associate professor of pediatrics at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
The results of family decay and the rise in family structure confusion has increased the amount of stress the average child goes through. Parents were traditional barriers and supporters of their children, but find themselves in the midst of adult battles with each other and work partners. Single motherhood is on the rise and creates a massive number of children who are untrained.
The solution is to return to a normal family structure and this abnormal desire to kill oneself will go away. This abnormality is a response to the abnormality they are receiving daily.