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Saturday, 31 July 2021

ER visits from attempted suicides spike among teenage girls

Credit: WKBW Buffalo
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ER visits from attempted suicides spike among teenage girls
ER visits from attempted suicides spike among teenage girls
ER visits from attempted suicides spike among teenage girls

OFFICIALS ARE SOUNDING THEALARM OVER THE NUMBER OFSUICIDE ATTEMPTS BY TEENAGGIRLS IN THIS COUNTRY.A NEW "C-D-C" STUDY SHOWS ANEARLY 51- PERCENT SPIKE INEMERGENCY ROOM VISITS FORSUSPECTED SUICIDE ATTEMPTSAMONG GIRLS AGES 12 TO 17.THAT WAS FOR FEBRUARY ANMARCH OF THIS YEAR....COMPARED TO THE SAME TIMEFRAME IN 20-19.SEVEN EYEWITNESS NEWS ISCOMMITTED TO BRINGING YOU MORECONTEXT ON THE BIG ISSUESIMPACTING OUR COMMUNITIES.

SOTONIGHT... SENIOR REPORTEREILEEN BUCKLEY TAKES A LOOK ATTHE POSSIBLE REASONS BEHINDTHE DRAMATIC RISE IN SUICIATTEMPTS BY YOUNG GIRLS.}} (:26) (:49) BROEKER."UNFORTUNATELY IT'S NOTSURPRISING -- AS TERRIBLE ASTHAT SOUNDS." KRYSTA BROEKER(BROKER) IS A SUICIDEPREVENTION PROJECT COORDINATORAT NIAGARA FALLS MEMORIALMEDICAL CENTER.

SHE SAYS IT'HEARTBREAKING TO SEE THESEHIGHER RATES OF TEENAGE GIRLSVISITING THE EMERGENCY ROOMFOR ATTEMPTING SUICIDE, BUTPANDEMIC ISOLATION IS A MAJORCAUSE.

BROEKER.

"TEENAGERS ANDTEEN AGE GIRLS -- INPARTICULAR -- IF YOU DON'THAVE ACCESS TO SOME WAY TOEXPRESS YOUR FEELINGS AND GETALL THOSE EMOTION - IT CANFEEL VERY OVERWHELMING."===BUTT=== EILEEN.

"DO YOUHAVE ANY INDICATION AS TO WHYTHIS WOULD BE HAPPENING?"===BUTT=== BROEKER.

"THEY AREMISSING A BIG CHUNK OF WHATMAKES THEM FEEL SEEN AND LOVEDAND TAKEN CARE OF." ===BUTT===KLOSTERMANN.

"IT IS ALARMING-- IT REALLY IS -- AND I THINKIT SPEAKS TO THE NEED FOR MORECOMPRESSIVE INTERVENTION ATTHE SCHOOL LEVEL, THECOMMUNITY AS WELL AS FAMILY."MENTAL HEALTH EXPERT DR. KEITHKLOSTERMANN IS A FAMILYTHERAPIST AT WHEATFIELPEDIATRICS.

EILEEN/KLOSTERMANN.

"HAVE YOUACTUALLY PATIENTS IN THAT AGEGROUP THAT PERHAPS MADE ANATTEMPT?

YES---I'VE SEENANECDOTALLY -- I'VE SEEN A LOTOF KIDS ESPECIALLY FEMALESTHAT HAVE COME IN THAT HAVBEEN REALLY DEPRESSED.===BUTT=== KLOSTERMANN.

"ANDALSO KIDS THAT WERECONTEMPLATING SUICIDE."KLOSTERMANN SAYS THE PANDEMICHAS FORCED CHILDREN TO LOSEIMPORTANT CONNECTION TOTEACHERS, SCHOOL COUNSELORS,FRIENDS AND OTHER SUPPORTS.

HESAYS SOME TEENS MIGHT HAVESUFFERED FROM BEING WITHFAMILY TOO MUCH BECAUSE SOMEDON'T HAVE IDEAL HOMESITUATIONS.

AT THE SAME TIME,HAVING FAMILIES TOGETHER MAYHAVE*PREVENTE* DEATH BYSUICIDE.

KLOSTERMANN.

"USUALLYPEOPLE WILL ATTEMPT OR THINKABOUT SUICIDE WHEN THEY FEELLIKE THEY'VE RUN OUT OFOPTIONS...AND THEY DON'T KNOWWHAT ELSE TO DO SO I THINKASKING THE QUESTION IS ALWAYSREALLY IMPORTANT." BOTHEXPERTS SAY SITUATIONS THATARE TRIVIAL TO ADULTS CAN BETRAUMATIZING FORCHILDREN....WHICH IS WHY IT'SSO IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE TOKNOW THAT HELP IS ALWAYSAVAILABLE.

EILEEN BUCKLEY, 7EWN.THE HEAD OF ERIE COUNTY CRISISSERVICES SAYS IT'S IMP