Temporal Trends in Suicide Attempts Among Children in the Decade Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Paris, France
2 Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Paris, Robert Debré University Hospital, Assistance Publique–Hôpitaux de Paris, Paris France
3 Infection Prevention and Control Team, Bichat-Claude Bernard University Hospital, Assistance Publique–Hôpitaux de Paris, Paris, France
4 Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Bichat-Claude Bernard University Hospital, Assistance Publique–Hôpitaux de Paris, Paris, France
Recent studies have reported a deterioration in children’s mental health since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, with an increase in anxiety and mood disorders.1 Rates of suicide ideation and suicide attempts among children were also higher when COVID-19–related stressors were heightened in 2020.2,3
We aimed to better assess temporal trends in suicide attempts among children while adjusting for annual and seasonal fluctuations. We conducted a cross-sectional study of surveillance data collected over the past 10 years at the Robert Debré Hospital in Paris, France, which is one of the largest pediatric centers in Europe.