The Medical Journal of Australia has published an article looking into why so many more adolescents are presenting to emergency departments with mental health problems. It says new data on the rise in presentations should be seen as canaries in the coal mine.
Researchers analysed data from 115 emergency departments in NSW. During 2010–2014, presentations leading to a primary diagnosis of self-harm, suicidal ideation and behaviour, and intentional poisoning dramatically increased in all age groups, except 0–9-year-olds. The peak age band for presentations was 10–19 years, the group that also experienced the greatest increase in presentation numbers.
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