Taking action: Teen suicide, self-harm are rising concerns

The numbers are alarming, as is the trend.

A study conducted by the Pediatric Health Information System earlier this year found the number of children and teens admitted to children's hospitals for thoughts of suicide or self-harm have more than doubled during the last decade.

The study, which was headed by Dr. Gregory Plemmons, associate professor at The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, revealed children's hospital admissions of patients 5 to 17 years old for suicidal thoughts or actions is largely related to stressful environments and unfettered access to information, mostly via the internet and social media.

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