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UW Health experiencing startling number of pediatric suicide-related emergency visits
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UW Health experiencing startling number of pediatric suicide-related emergency visits

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - UW Health is seeing a dramatic increase in pediatric suicide-related emergency visits.The number of visits has seen a significant jump since 2020. Ten years ago, UW Health said its pediatric emergency department saw about 15 patients per month who required psychiatric care. But by 2022, that number jumped to more than 40 per month. UW Health Pediatric Behavioral Health Specialist Shanda Wells suspects what is happening around here may be part of a national trend, with high rates of teens, including younger teens, attempting suicide, saying “we are not an exception to the national trend that’s for sure.”“Unfortunately, the last year has been record breaking in not a great way in the sense that we’ve seen more and more younger children coming in with these types of ...