Suicide is the third leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 24 in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During the first seven months of the COVID-19 lockdown, U.S. hospitals experienced a 24% increase in mental-health-related emergency visits for children aged 5 to 11, and a 31% increase for those aged 12 to 17.
On this very special episode of Raising Joy, we sit down in front of a live audience in Fort Worth, Texas, to interview acclaimed author, Andrew Solomon, Ph.D.
Dr. Solomon spoke to us about his recent article in The New Yorker called, “The Mystifying Rise of Child Suicides,” and recounts what he has learned from conducting dozens of interviews with parents who have lost a child to suicide.
This is a difficult, yet important episode for anyone interested in learning more about the mental health crisis affecting youth in America.