According to a recent report by America’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there has been a dramatic increase in the number of girls between the ages of 12 and 17 coming in to hospital emergencies for suspected suicide attempts.
According to CDC, the number of teen girls going to hospital emergencies for mental health issues/suicide attempts in 2020 was up 51% over the previous year. Boys only reported a 3.7% increase.
During the lockdowns, the number of overall visits to hospital emergencies for suicide attempts was also up significantly:
- Between the summer of 2019 and 2020, the number of reported suicide attempts were up 22.3%.
- Between the winter of 2020 and 2021, the number of suicide attempts was up 39.1%.
Though the study did not report on why there was such a significant difference between the girl’s suicide statistics and the boys, most believe that the resulting isolation from the lockdowns, particularly the school closures, was undoubtedly the largest contributing factor to the increase.
In early February, the city of San Francisco was forced to sue, the city’s school division, to force it to reopen the schools. It did this because of concerns over the rapidly increasing number of youth suicide attempts being reported by the city’s hospitals. READ: Record-high number of suicidal children forces San Francisco to sue its own school district to reopen