Poor sleep has been identified as common risk factors for suicidal behaviour among Australian adolescents, reports SBS News.

Researchers at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute reviewed all admissions to the mental health unit at Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne between October 2013 and September 2014. In total, there were 271 adolescents admitted during the period, with 212 (78 per cent) due to suicidal behaviors.

Most participants were admitted on one occasion only, with one-quarter (25.5 per cent) admitted prior to the age of 10. Further analysis of clinical reports and past medical history found overwhelmingly the kids who were admitted to hospital for suicidal behavior came from traumatic backgrounds.