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Meanwhile, only 10 percent of those without suicidal thoughts had received any mental health visits within the Group Health Cooperative system in the prior year.
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FRIDAY, Sept. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that suicide is the third leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 24 years, a new study shows few suicidal teens are getting the mental health treatment they need.
The researchers found only 13 percent of teenagers with suicidal thoughts visited a mental health professional through their health care network, and only 16 percent received treatment during the year, even though they were eligible for mental health visits without a referral and with relatively low co payments.
researchers combined various types of mental health services, such as antidepressants and care received outside their health network, only 26 percent of teens contemplating suicide received help in the previous year.
Although the myth that suicidal thoughts are a normal part of growing up still persists, the findings suggest suicidal tendencies are often accompanied by trouble in school or with relationships, making mental health care even more important.
depression," McCarty noted.
"Teen suicide is a very real issue today in the United States. Until now, we've known very little about how much or how little suicidal teens use health care services. McCarty, of Seattle Children's Research Institute and research associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, said in a Seattle Children's Hospital news release.
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"We know that asking teens about [suicidal thoughts] does not worsen their problems," said McCarty. "It's absolutely crucial for a teen who is having thoughts of self harm or significant depression to be able to tell a helpful, trustworthy adult."
Although identifying teens with suicidal thoughts is critical, Nike Lebron Air Max the researchers revealed mental health services were underused among all of the teens studied. Although 86 percent of the teens with suicidal thoughts had seen a health care provider, only 13 percent had seen a mental health specialist. Moreover, just 7 percent received antidepressants, the study found.
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