The suicide rate among children aged 10 through 14 in the USA has nearly tripled from 2007 to 2017, while the suicide rate among older teenagers has increased by 76% between 2007 and 2017, new federal data shows. According to a new report from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the suicide rate among 10 through 24-year-olds has increased 56% over the last decade as suicide and homicide continue to be leading causes of death for that age bracket. In 2017, suicide was the second leading cause of death for children aged 10 to 14, teenagers 15 to 19, and young adults ages 20-24.
Homicide ranked as the third most common cause of death for teens aged 15-19 and adults aged 20-24, and the fifth most common cause for children aged 10-14. The report’s co-author, Sally Curtin, said “Homicide rates for teens aged 15 to 19 increased 30% to 8.7 deaths per 100,000 persons in 2017. Alex Crosby, a chief medical officer at the CDC, said it was impossible to nail down any single factor that might be causing the increase in violent deaths among young people. Colleen Carr, director of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, said more research is needed to understand factors at play in the accelerating suicide rates among youth and young adults.
“It is important to recognize that suicide is not caused by one single factor but instead a range of factors that include mental health conditions, but also include important situational factors that many of us will experience in a lifetime, including social, physical, emotional or financial issues,” Carr was quoted as saying. Glenn Thomas, a clinical director of community-based services for behavioural health at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio, said that the rates of depression have increased in a consistent manner with the suicide rate. Suicide was the 10th most common cause of death among all Americans in 2017.
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