A study shows that self-harm and suicide attempts are climbing among teenage girls nationwide
A 15-year study of emergency room visits found that self-injures such as suicide attempts, drug overdoses, and cutting have increased substantially in U.S. girls. A new study shows signs of emotional suffering among the nation’s women and girls especially those in their middle-school years.
A new research from the Centers for Disease Control says since 2009, the number of self-harm attempts by teen girls has tripled.
As a part of the study, the researchers followed 43,138 young people age 10 to 24 from 2001 to 2015.
Self-harm emergency room visits’ range between 1993 and 2008 was from 1.1 to 9.6 per 1,000. After that, the rate of self-inflicted injury increased rose from 206.6 per 100,000 to 303.7 per 100,000 in the 14-year period between 2001 and 2015.
In the same period, Girls age 10 to 14saw the highest number of emergency room incidents. The rate was increased nearly 19% per year from 2008 to 2014.
Dr. Mark Olfson, a Columbia University psychiatry professor who was not involved in the study said, “The rising rates should be of concern to parents, teachers, and pediatricians. One important reason to focus on reducing self-harm is that it is a key risk factor for suicide.”
The study suggests self-injury is the second major cause of death and one of the forceful risk factors for suicide among young people aged 10 to 24. It also shows the need of precautions within health systems.to prevent suicide and self-harm.