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Children's suicide attempts have increased during COVID-19 pandemic

5 days ago   |   By Healio

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant changes in the dynamics of children's suicide attempts, according to results of a cross-sectional study published in JAMA Network Open.
“Recent studies have reported a deterioration in children's mental health since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, with an increase in anxiety and mood disorders,” Anthony Cousien, PhD, of the department of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Paris in France, and colleagues wrote. “Rates of suicide ideation and suicide attempts among children were also higher
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Youth from rural communities at increased risk for firearm-related suicide

Youth from rural communities at increased risk for firearm-related suicide

5 days ago   |   By Healio

Interventions that help limit youth access to handguns during moments of crisis may especially benefit rural-remote communities, according to results of a cross-sectional study published in JAMA Network Open.
“Firearms are very lethal, so a suicide attempt with a firearm is much more likely to end in death,” co-author Ashley Brooks-Russell, PhD, MPH, director of the Injury and Violence Prevention Center at Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, told Healio Psychiatry. “Not much is known about youth access to firearms in the U.S. We
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