Hundreds of Suicidal Teens Sleep in Emergency Rooms. Every Night.


On a rainy Thursday evening last spring, a 15-year-old girl was rushed by her parents to the emergency department at Boston Children’s Hospital. She had marks on both wrists from self-harm and a recent suicide attempt, and earlier that day she confided to her pediatrician that she planned to try again. At the E.R., a doctor examined her and explained to her parents that she was not safe to go h...

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