Is Youth Suicide On The Rise During The Pandemic?

Is Youth Suicide On The Rise During The Pandemic?

It’s hard to say. Mental illness is certainly on the increase among young people. But is suicide also on the rise?

By Hannah Critchfield

The debate over reopening schools for in-person learning has highlighted an alarming idea: Students are not only behind academically, but at increased risk of death by suicide.

“One of our local superintendents recently shared with me that the teen suicide rate is higher than the COVID death rate in their county,” Senator Deanna Ballard, a Republican from the 45th District, recently told CBS 17, although she refused to do so. name the superintendent or county. Ballard did not respond to NC Health News’requests for comments.

The pandemic has undoubtedly had serious repercussions on the mental health of young people. Nationally, the proportion of children’s emergency room visits for mental health crises increased last year compared to 2019, according to …

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