The Washington State Department of Health is alerting providers about increased concern of suicide risk in youth during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The department is advising that providers screen patients for suicide risk, particularly children, teens, and young adults. Providers should also share information and resources with patients and their families on crisis support, suicide warning signs, and suicide risk factors.
Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in four people under age 18 have struggled with suicidal thoughts since the beginning of the pandemic.
Read or download the full DOH alert on suicide risk in youth.