Central Washington Hospital reported a 64% increase in non-fatal suicide attempt emergency room visits for patients age 18 and under in 2020 compared to the previous year, according to data received from Confluence Health.
The numbers include visits for self-harm, suicide attempts and suicidal ideation — recurring and contemplative thoughts about suicide. The rise in emergency room visits mirrors statewide and national numbers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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