It is known that mental health is an issue among youth, but new research has found that teenagers (Grades 9 to 12) who have had a sports-related concussion are at greater risk of suicide risk factors than those who did not have a concussion.
Published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, researchers from the United States found that 15% of over 13,000 high school students surveyed reported having a concussion. In terms of suicide risk factors:
- Feeling sad or hopeless: 36% with concussion, 31% without concussion
- Having suicidal ideations: 21% with concussion, 17% without concussion
- Having planned a suicide attempt: 17% with concussion, 13% without concussion
- Having attempted suicide: 11% with concussion, 7% without concussion
- Having a suicide attempt treated by a doctor or nurse: 5% with concussion, 2% without concussion
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