There is no secret that a school year can bring stress and some other problems to kids. But now a new study published in Pediatrics journal on Wednesday, shows that the school year leads to a rise in the number of American children who visit the hospital for having thoughts of suicide or for attempts of suicide.
The study indicates that children between the age group of 5 to 17 years made about two visits to the hospital for having suicidal thoughts and also attempts over the past decade, significantly from 2008 to 2015.
The study discovered children of all age groups are affected; however, the figure was higher among older adolescents.
Gregory Plemmons, the lead author of the study and a researcher as well as paediatrician at the Nashvilles’ Vanderbilt University said that the result of the study confirmed what all he had been seeing at the hospitals.
Plemmons says that he hopes the families and the clinicians will take a note of this. He says that it is important for them to talk and ask about this with their children.
The findings of this latest study follows up a past data by showing that there has been a steady increase in the suicide cases of teenagers over the last decade.
Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had reported that there was a drop in cases of adolescent suicide in the 90s and early 2000s. However, things changed in the year 2008, although the figure has not yet reached the highest or peak levels which were observed in the 1980s.
It is still unclear as to what are the reasons which contributed to the increase in such cases, but the study notes the year 2008 financial crisis may be a major factor among others.