EurekAlert: Study examines suicides publicized on social media and teens’ ER visits

EurekAlert: Study examines suicides publicized on social media and teens’ ER visits. “Using 2002-2013 data from Canada’s National Ambulatory Care Reporting System, researchers used an interrupted time?series analysis to examine monthly rates of emergency department visits related to suicidal behavior such as intentional self-poisoning before and after [Amanda] Todd’s suicide. They found a no significant change in ER visits for suicidal behavior after her death. Importantly however, the authors found a significant increase in ER visits in teenagers for suicidal behavior that begin in June 2011. No such increase was found among the younger children studied.”

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