Rise in Psychiatric ED Visits among U.S. Youth

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) posted an article underscoring the need to identify and address mental health concerns among youth in the U.S. Psychiatric emergency department (ED) visits have increased by 28% among youth aged 6-24 from 2011 to 2015. The likelihood for a psychiatric ED visit increased over time for adolescents and young adults, especially among females and racial and ethnic minorities. Furthermore, the likelihood for suicide-related visits among adolescents increased over time. In the wake of these findings, the SPRC urges care providers to examine mental health treatment access and options for youth.

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