Jun 11, 2021
Teen girls drove increase in suspected suicide attempts during pandemic, CDC report finds
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The agency released a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Friday, finding that weekly ED visits for suspected suicide attempts among girls aged 12-17 increased by 50.6% by March 2021, compared to 2019, whereas visits among adolescent boys increased 3.7%.
However the trends don’t necessarily suggest more deaths occurred, and the study wasn’t designed to pin the cause of the increase to the pandemic. Provisional data indicated an overall decline in the suicide rate from the third quarter of 2019 to 2020, and the rate among people aged 15-24 didn't see a significant change, researchers wrote.
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The agency used data from the National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) to examine trends in emergency department visits for suspected suicide attempts from January 2019-May 2021 among people aged 12-25, at three intervals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data include about 71% of the country’s emergency departments in 49 states. ED visits for suspected suicide attempts included visits for nonsuicidal self-harm.
While visits for suspected suicide attempts decreased in spring 2020 compared to the same period a year prior, visits began climbing by May 2020 among adolescents, and particularly among girls. During late July to late August 2020, visits among adolescent girls were up 26.2% over the year prior, and increases persisted as the pandemic progressed, climbing to 50.6% by March 2021. Visits among boys increased 3.7%.
"Compared with the rate during the corresponding period in 2019, the rate of ED visits for suspected suicide attempts was 2.4 times as high during spring 2020, 1.7 times as high during summer 2020, and 2.1 times as high during winter 2021," the study reads. "This increase was driven largely by suspected suicide attempt visits among females."
The number of visits among adolescent boys and those aged 18-25 "remained stable" with rates in 2019, though rates increased. Researchers said the findings bolster prior studies indicating young girls have "consistently higher" self-reported suicide attempts than boys, and such trends predated the pandemic.
"However, the findings from this study suggest more severe distress among young females than has been identified in previous reports during the pandemic, reinforcing the need for increased attention to, and prevention for, this population," study authors wrote.
YOUNG ADULTS WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA FACE HIGHEST SUICIDE RISK, STUDY SAYS
Researchers suggested adolescents are at high-risk for suspected suicide attempts due to factors like isolation owing to virtual classes, substance use, worries over family health and hurdles in mental health treatment. Heightened ED visit rates for suspected child abuse and mental health problems during 2020 potentially exacerbated the increase in suspected suicide attempts. Adults working from home, spending more time with children, may have better recognized kids’ suicidal behaviors and had a higher likelihood of taking kids to the hospital, researchers suggested.
The report had its limitations; it’s not nationally representative, it couldn’t distinguish between first-time visits and follow-up visits and data on race and ethnicity was not available, so analyses among racial/ethnic groups weren’t possible, among other limitations.
"Suicide prevention requires a comprehensive approach that is adapted during times of infrastructure disruption, involves multisectoral partnerships and implements evidence-based strategies to address the range of factors influencing suicide risk," researchers wrote.Kayla Rivas is a Health reporter and joined Fox News in April 2020.
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Fury as 6 teen schoolgirls are publicly shamed in front of 200 pupils for the length of their ‘distracting’ skirts
A GROUP of schoolgirls have been publicly shamed in front of 200 pupils for the length of their “distracting” skirts, sparking fury among their peers.
The six pupils said they were paraded in front of their entire year group at Cannock Chase High School during assembly because their skirts were "too short or tight".5Molly Stockle in her 'distracting' skirtCredit: SWNS 5She was paraded in front of 200 pupils at Cannock Chase High SchoolCredit: BPM
One of the year nine girls - aged 13 and 14 - said she was so embarrassed she was left shaking and fellow pupils called them "slags" as they returned to their seats.
In response, hundreds of girls at the school wore skirts the following day as a sign of solidarity - and 17 held a protest on the tennis courts during lessons.
Molly Stockle, 14, who was one of the humiliated pupils was pulled up over her smart, black, straight skirt, which she was wearing with flat shoes, tights and a blazer.
An investigation was launched after parents complained, and now the girls have been given individual apologies by the teacher who staged the rant.
Molly, from Cannock, Staffordshire, said: "I felt so embarrassed and I started shaking.
"My head of year, stared each one of us down and said our skirts were too short and figure hugging. I felt so humiliated.
"When I walked back to my seat and when I went home that day other people were laughing and saying 'slag'.5Molly Stockle, 14, says she was left feeling humiliatedCredit: BPM 5The head of year has now apologised to the six girlsCredit: � Google
"I was very surprised to be asked to stand up. Another girl in my year group had on the exact same skirt and she wasn't asked.
"I thought it must be a mistake and they would notice they were wrong and let me sit back down.
"My mum lets me wear what I like, but she wouldn't let me out of the house if I broke the school policy, and it's my style to be smart and classy.
"I dress differently for different occasions. I don't get in to trouble at all at school and I'd say I get on well with my teachers."
Molly said the girls were picked out in the first full year assembly since Covid restrictions began, on Thursday.
She said the head of year, Miss Jinks, asked form tutors to go round and pick out girls with short or tight skirts and Molly's male tutor picked her, and one other girl.
School regulations states skirts should be just above knee level, with no splits, and Lycra figure hugging skirts are not acceptable.
Molly's was a cotton straight skirt bought from the school's preferred supplier.
Miss Jinks told the assembled year nine that the girls were wearing examples of skirts that weren't acceptable, it is claimed.
She said they should wear "better" skirts or trousers in future.5School regulations states skirts should be just above knee levelCredit: SWNS
Molly said one class was later told shorter skirts were "distracting" to male teachers and students.
She said: "It was really shocking. If it's distracting to them then I think they shouldn't be working in a school."
Molly and 16 other girls organised a protest the following day, standing on the tennis courts for two and a half hours refusing to go to lessons until they were given an apology.
Molly and her mum, Joanna Stockle complained to the headteacher, who they said apologised and promised to investigate.
Later on Friday, the head of year apologised to all the six girls who were called up in assembly in turn, Molly said.
Mum Joanna, 37, a specialist resourcer for a recruitment company, said: "I have been angered and frustrated that this incident occurred.
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"However, I am reassured that this is an isolated incident, and by the head master's assurance that no child will suffer humiliation at the hands of his staff again.
"I really must praise him for dealing with the complaints with care and dignity: especially as he wasn't involved in the incident in assembly or afterwards."
The school has been approached for comment.Boy, 15, stabbed to death after fight 'on way to school' in West London