Study: Self-poisoning suicide attempts more than double in youth | WBNS-10TV Columbus, Ohio


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Surprising results from a new study by Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Central Ohio Poison Center show that more young people are trying to take their own lives by self-poisoning. The study was published online Wednesday in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Researchers say rates of self-poisoning suicide attempts among teenagers have more than doubled in the last decade in the United States. The rate more than tripled for girls and young women.

The scientists reviewed cases of self-poisoning by intentional suspected suicide in children and young adults aged 10 to 24 years from 2000-2018. During that time, there were more than 1.6 million intentional self-poisoning cases per suspected suicide in young and young adults reported in US poison centers. More than 71% (1.1 million) of these were female.

Previous research has shown that suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people between 10 and 24 years of age.

Self-poisoning is the most common form of suicide attempting and the third most common method of suicide in adolescents, with higher female rates.

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Nationwide Children experts urge parents to check in regularly with their children, ask them directly how they are doing and whether they have had thoughts about how to end their life.

If you or your child needs help right now with suicidal thoughts, you should go to the local emergency room. If you think there was an overdose, call the Poison National Helpline 1-800-222-1222.

Warning Signs of Suicide

Health officials recommend that everyone familiarize themselves with suicide warning signs, which may include:

  • A person thinking or threatening suicide or seeking a way to kill himself
  • Increased substance abuse
  • Feelings of lack of purpose, anxiety, being trapped or hopeless
  • Social isolation and removal of people and activities
  • Expressing anger, recklessness, or unusual mood swings

How to get help for yourself or a loved one

If you are thinking about getting hurt or thinking about suicide, talk to someone who can help, such as a trusted loved one, your doctor, your licensed mental health professional, if you already have one, or go to the hospital emergency department closer.

If you are worried about a loved one being at risk for suicide, talk to them about it. Experts say you should not be afraid to raise the issue.

For immediate help if you are in crisis, call the National Security Hotline for Suicide Prevention, free 1-800-273-TALK (8255), which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls are confidential. You can also

Local services

  • Franklin County Suicide Prevention Hotline – (614) 221-5445 – 24/7
  • Suicide Text Line (614) 221-5445 – Monday through Friday at 12h. at 10 p.m.
  • Adolescent Hotline (614) 294-3300 – 24/7
  • Senior Hotline (614) 294-3309 – 24/7
  • Suicide Prevention Services – (614) 299-6600 ext. 2073
  • North Central Mental Health Services – (614) 299-6600


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