Suicide attempts among under-17s DOUBLED in the last decade – and girls account for 66% of cases, shocking figures reveal

The number of children and teenagers hospitalized for suicide or self-harm has more than doubled in just 10 years, new research reveals.

Data from 31 children’s hospitals across the US shows around 120,000 under-17s have been treated for attempts to take their own life since 2008.

In 2008, suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts accounted for 0.67 percent of child cases in these hospitals. By 2015, that figure had more than doubled to 1.79 percent.

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