Child Suicides Drive Colorado Hospital to Declare State of Emergency
Batya Swift Yasgur, MA, LSW
June 04, 2021
- On May 25, Jena Hausmann, CEO of Children’s Hospital Colorado, in Aurora, Colorado, declared a state of emergency in youth mental health in response to an astronomical increase in pediatric mental health cases, including suicide, which has overwhelmed the institution.
From April 2019 to April 2021, the demand for pediatric behavioral health treatment at the hospital system increased by 90%. In Colorado, suicide is now the number one cause of death among youth and occurs in children as young as age 10 years.
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