Preteen Suicide Risk at 30 Percent, Study Says

March 12, 2019

More than 29 percent of children between the ages 10 and 12 who visited emergency rooms for either physical or psychiatric treatment screened positive for suicide risk, according to a new study published in the journal Hospital Pediatrics. Among the preteens who visited the ER for psychiatric problems, 54 percent showed suicide risk and more than 17 percent had attempted suicide in the past. "It was troubling to see that so many preteens screened positive for suicide risk, and we were alarmed to find that many of them had acted on their suicidal thoughts in the past," said study author Dr. Lisa Horowitz. Researchers say that suicide is the third leading cause of youth between ages 10 to 12.