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Sun Feb 21, 2021, 11:11 PM

About 7% of UK children have attempted suicide by age of 17

Source: The Guardian

About 7% of UK children have attempted suicide by age of 17 – study

About 7% of children have attempted suicide by the age of 17 and almost one in four say they have self-harmed in the past year, according to a paper in the British Journal of Psychiatry, and experts say the figures could rise as a result of the pandemic.

The figures come from analysis of the millennium cohort study, which follows the lives of about 19,000 young people born at the start of the millennium in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The report says that when the 17-year-olds from the cohort were asked if they had ever hurt themselves “on purpose in an attempt to end your life”, 7% replied yes. When asked if they had self-harmed during the previous year, 24% responded that they had.

The data, which is nationally representative, can be extrapolated to the UK population to give figures of 52,427 17-year-olds having attempted suicide at some point in their lives and 170,744 having self-harmed in the previous 12 months before Covid hit.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/feb/21/uk-17-year-olds-mental-health-crisis
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Mon Feb 22, 2021, 01:01 AM

1. That is awfully depressing.

Teen years are hard enough. We need to do better.

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Response to Gore1FL (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 22, 2021, 04:52 AM

4. Lower than Suicide rates for Whites ... maybe it is time to "science the shit out of this problem"?

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Mon Feb 22, 2021, 02:48 AM

2. This is horrible.

What underlying social, economic, and spiritual factors are causing this? I have a pretty good idea that capitalism is a big culprit, as well as white nationalism. Lots of hate, and demonization going on.

But that is just a guess. We need to study this, because US numbers are likely similar, and then figure out what we can change to reduce this number.

And then we have to have the courage to CHANGE THOSE THINGS.
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Mon Feb 22, 2021, 03:56 AM

3. Holy shit!

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