New research reveals link between mental health and pediatric suicide by firearm

New research reveals link between mental health and pediatric suicide by firearm
Robert McLoughlin, MD. Credit: University of Massachusetts Medical School

A new study by UMass Medical School researchers finds hospitals across the United States are seeing a trend in children and young adults being hospitalized as a result of self-inflicted wounds from guns. The research team found that having any mental health disorder was associated with an almost 12 times higher likelihood of having an admission for suicide attempt by firearm. The findings are published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.

"Gun violence has become an epidemic in this country," said Robert McLoughlin, MD, a pediatric surgery research fellow and general surgery resident.

Dr. McLoughlin worked with pediatric surgeons Jeremy Aidlen, MD, associate professor of surgery; Muriel Cleary, MD, assistant professor of surgery; Michael Hirsh, MD, professor of surgery and pediatrics; and others to analyze a national inpatient database of pediatric hospitalizations for suicides or self-inflicted injury by firearm from 2006, 2009 and 2012. The link between pediatric suicide by firearm and mental health was particularly significant. The research team found that having any was associated with an almost 12 times higher likelihood of having an admission for by firearm. Furthermore, it was more than 21 times more likely if there was a diagnosis of depression.

"Our research found 21 times higher odds of children and being hospitalized for suicide and self-inflicted injury if they suffered from depression. A sensible first step would be to further limit the access of our youth to firearms, especially those with mental illness," McLoughlin said.


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mqr
May 10, 2019
That is because they need a wall to stop those nasty immigrants. Once that wall is built, there will be no more suicides, no more overdoses, no more suffering in the USA, there will be rivers of milk and honey.

Or- let's blame the children that survive suicide and put them in prison for the rest of their lives!!!! like they put them in prison when a child attacks an adult. Especially those who have dark skin or that are not totally "pure".

I just read in newsweek that the private prison company GEO wants the government to stop protesters because it can damage their business of putting people in prison to collect tax money for the ultra rich.

May 10, 2019
Attempted suicide, at any age, by any means, is an indication of mental health issues.
With that in mind, this "research" and article are an obvious push for gun control.
While I agree something needs to be done about people getting hold of unsecured and stolen weapons, this is a pitiful attempt to influence that end.

mqr
May 10, 2019
It is interesting that I did not think at all of this paper trying to push gun legislation.

What I thought was that this paper is an insinuation that life in the USA is sad, senseless and self-destructive. The average American woman does not like to be a mother, or a wife, so if she has children, surely the experience for the children is awful, sad, even scary. And the average American man is not better either, he does not want to be a father, and the role of husband in the feministic society is very fuzzy and confusing.

But hey..... let´s accumulate weapons, live in ignorance, drink alcohol until you puke your souls.... that may be a recipe for joy and human development. (Though those who know how to read might know that it is a recipe for sadness and despair)

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