Rate of young people hospitalized for mental health issues soared 28% in 4 years - and suicide-related ER visits doubled | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Rate of young people hospitalized for mental health issues soared 28% in 4 years - and suicide-related ER visits doubled

The number of young people visiting US emergency rooms with psychiatric problems is rising, driven largely by a surge in teens and minority youth seeking urgent help for mental illnesses, a new study suggests.

Between 2011 and 2015, there was a 28 percent increase in psychiatric emergency department (ED) visits among young people ages 6 to 24, the study found.

Visits spiked 54 percent for teens, 53 percent for African-American youth, and 91 percent for young Hispanic patients.

Suicide-related visits climbed more than two-fold during the study period.

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