Some 6,000 suicide attempts occur among children and adolescents in Israel each year, according to data released by the National Council for the Child on Tuesday.
The study also showed that only about 700, about one eighth of these cases, are actually reported to the authorities. Among the reported suicide attempts, 579 are girls.
Executive Director of the Council, Dr Yitzhak Kadman said that even though parents have good intentions in not reporting their child’s suicide attempt, like prevent the child from being stigmatized and enduring more suffering, it is still dangerous to remain silent about it since cases unreported and untreated could lead to more suicide attempts.
The data also showed that in 2012, there has been a drastic rise in the number of suicide attempts committed by young children with 24 cases among children up to age 9. The previous years, there had been only five to seven similar occurrences.