The rate at which young Americans took their own lives reached a high-water mark indriven by a sharp rise in suicides among older teenage boysaccording to new research. In that year alone, suicide claimed the lives of 5, males and 1, females between 15 and 24 in the United States, researchers reported Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. While reporting standards for suicide have changed over the decades, the authors of the JAMA study said the youth suicide rate —
The number of young people dying by suicide has skyrocketed in recent years, a troubling trend that health experts say will likely continue if it goes unaddressed. Inthe CDC tallied 4, deaths by suicide in people from ages 10 to Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for people from 10 to 34according to the CDC, but there's rarely one single reason for it.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people. A teen or young adult dies by suicide every hour and a half. And for every death, there are 15—25 times as many attempts.
Gretchen Frazee Gretchen Frazee. The rate of U. Inthere were 47 percent more suicides among people aged 15 to 19 than in the year Overall, there are 36 percent more people aged 20 to 24 living in the U.
Since the late s, the mental health of teens and young adults in the U. In —the latest year for which federal data are available—more than one in eight Americans ages 12 to 25 experienced a major depressive episode, the study found. Among young people, rates of suicidal thoughts, plans and attempts all increased significantly, and in some cases more than doubled, between andthe study found.
Background Certain mental health risk factors can increase risk for suicide. During times of transition, such as when an adolescent shifts into emerging adulthood, risk factors for suicide such as depression, delinquency, impulsivity, and alcohol problems may relate to suicide risk. Teens who have some of these behaviors in early adolescence may not have them later.
The most common mental illness reported was depression. Impulsivity and substance use, including alcohol and drugs, also warning signs for elevated suicide risk. It is important to remember that suicidal thoughts and behaviors are not the natural consequence of serious life stresses.
Suicide rates among young people are rising, reaching the highest levels sincea study published Tuesday finds. But most alarming, the researchers said, was a 21 percent rise in boys aged dying by suicide in from the year before. As part of the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical AssociationMiron and his colleagues analyzed data on suicides from to from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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