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Youth suicide rates increased during COVID-19 pandemic.

Mental health issues for children were already rising, and the pandemic only exacerbated those problems.

Recent studies show the COVID-19 pandemic had a devastating effect on suicide rates among youth in the United States. A study in the journal Pediatrics showed youth suicides increased during COVID-19, with significantly more suicides than expected among males, non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaskan Native and Black youth. A study in the Journal of Medical Toxicology found suspected suicides and suicide attempts increased by 4.5% among 6- to 19-year-olds from March 2020 through February 2021.  

But these trends have not improved as the pandemic has receded. For most of us, the outward signs of the pandemic — masking, remote learning, social distancing and cancelled events — are in the rear view. But children’s mental health has not rebounded at the same rate as our social calendars.  

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