Most Teens Who Self-Harm Are Not Evaluated for Mental Health in ER
February 10, 2012
Most children and teens who deliberately injure themselves are discharged from emergency rooms without an evaluation of their mental health, a new study shows. The findings are worrisome since risk for suicide is greatest right after an episode of deliberate self-harm, according to researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The researchers also found the majority of these kids do not receive any follow-up care with a mental health professional up to one month after their ER visit.
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Keywords: teens, self-harm, not evaluated, mental health, ER