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(CNN)The United States saw a significant rise in suspected suicide attempts among teen girls during the pandemic, a new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds.

Teen stress has been heightened by a year of pandemic. Heres how to help themThe study, published on Friday by the CDC, found that in May 2020, emergency department visits for suspected suicide attempts started to increase among adolescents ages 12 to 17, especially girls.
    Then this year, during February 21 to March 20, the mean weekly number of visits for suspected suicide attempts were 50.6% higher among girls ages 12 to 17 than they were during the same time period in 2019. The study found that among boys ages 12 to 17, emergency visits for suspected suicide attempts increased 3.7%.
      The increases began after emergency department visits for suspected suicide attempts appeared to decrease in spring 2020 compared with 2019, according to the study.Higher rates seen among girlsRead MoreResearchers said the new report expands on previous work that showed increases in emergency department visits for suspected suicide attempts earlier in the pandemic, and suggests those trends persisted among young people.How to get help:

      In the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

      The International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide also provide contact information for crisis centers around the world.

      The study included data on emergency department visits across 49 states and Washington, DC, from the CDC's National Syndromic Surveillance Program. The researchers took a close look at visits for suspected suicide attempts among people ages 12 to 25 between January 1, 2019 and May 15, 2021.The researchers found that people in that age group made fewer emergency department visits for suspected suicide attempts between March and April of last year -- following the declaration of the coronavirus pandemic -- compared with 2019. But by early May 2020, visits began to increase among adolescents ages 12 to 17, especially among girls, and remained elevated.
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      Dad shares heartbreaking story of losing son to suicide during pandemic 04:27"The mean weekly number of these visits was 26.2% higher during summer 2020 and 50.6% higher during winter 2021 compared with the corresponding periods in 2019," the researchers wrote in their study. The number of emergency department visits for suspected suicide attempts remained stable among adolescent boys ages 12 to 17 and among all adults ages 18 to 25 compared with the corresponding periods in 2019, although rates of emergency department visits for suspected suicide attempts increased, the data showed."The difference in suspected suicide attempts by sex and the increase in suspected suicide attempts among young persons, especially adolescent females, is consistent with past research," the researchers wrote in their study.
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      Some common warning signs of suicide 01:42"Self-reported suicide attempts are consistently higher among adolescent females than among males, and research before the COVID-19 pandemic indicated that young females had both higher and increasing rates of ED visits for suicide attempts compared with males," the researchers wrote. "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."Also, the researchers noted that the data were just on emergency department visits and do not mean suicide deaths have increased.How to help someone in emotional painMore research is needed to determine whether there are any differences in the data by race or ethnicity -- and whether similar findings would emerge among suspected suicide attempts with less severe injuries that were not reported to emergency departments.Previous research had already shown that last year, the proportion of mental health-related emergency department visits among adolescents ages 12 to 17 increased 31% compared with the year prior in 2019, according to the CDC.Get CNN Healths weekly newsletter

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      With the release of the new study, the CDC noted that suicide can be prevented with more social connections for young people, the teaching of coping skills, learning the signs of suicide risk and how to respond, and reducing access to lethal means of suicide, such as medicine and firearms. Some signs of suicide risk include talking about wanting to die or feeling hopeless. As more young people get vaccinated against Covid-19, that may help increase social connections with others.
        The National Institute of Mental Health notes on its website that there are five steps you can take to help someone in emotional pain:
      • Ask, "Are you thinking about killing yourself?"
      • Keep the person safe by reducing their access to highly lethal items or places.
      • Be there for the person -- listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling.
      • Help them connect to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and the Crisis Text Line number, which is 741741 in your phone, so it's there when they need it. You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor or mental health professional.
      • If a crisis happens, staying in contact with them afterward or after being discharged from care can make a difference too.
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        Kate Hudson flaunts bikini bod while on vacation in Greece

        Kate Hudson is enjoying her summer.

        The 42-year-old actress was spotted soaking in some sun on Skiathos Island in Greece with her boyfriend Danny Fujikawa and two of her children: Bingham, 9, and Rani Rose, 2.

        For the recent beach outing, the "Music" star donned a dark blue-green bikini that put her toned physique on display. For part of their time on the beach, Hudson let her blonde hair loose, while she also wrapped it in a white towel at some point.

        Not only did the foursome spend time in the water, but Hudson and Fujikawa, 35, popped some champagne and the crew snapped a few selfies.


        Kate Hudson and Danny Fujikawa, seen with the actresses' daughter Rani Rose and son Bingham, have fun at the beach in Greece. They drank some champagne and shot some selfies. (Splash News)

        The Oscar-nominee's Instagram Story on Wednesday also contained a peek into their beach day, as well as a brief video of Hudson and one of her kiddos dipping their toes in the ocean.


        Also seen on the social media app was a photo of Rani Rose playing with her father's hair as he cooled off in the water.

        Hudson and her 2-year-old daughter Rani Rose played in the water. (Splash News)

        Hudson's trip to the Mediterranean could be an opportunity for her to get some quality family time in before she begins filming the Greece-set "Knives Out 2."


        The movie has set an all-star cast also including Leslie Odom Jr., Dave Bautista, Kathryn Hahn, Janelle Monae, Edward Norton and Jessica Henwick. Daniel Craig will also return as the crime-solving sleuth, Benoit Blanc.

        Hudson wore a dark blue-green bikini for the outing. (Splash News)


        It's a big year for Hudson, who will be seen on screen again this summer in the second season of "Truth Be Told" on Apple TV+, where she'll star as a widow who recruits a true-crime podcast host to solve her husband's murder.


        The soundtrack to the controversial musical "Music," featuring Hudson, is also expected to be released this year, though no release date has been announced.

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