A recent study has revealed a worrying situation among the American teenagers. It turns out suicide attempts are now more common among them. Researchers from Vanderbilt University reached this conclusion after looking at the number of teens who ended up in the hospital after trying to take their own lives. Since 2008, their percentage has more than doubled.
Suicide attempts are a lot more common now than they were ten years ago
Suicide attempts have always been quite common among teenagers. In fact, in US, it occupies the third place in the top of leading causes of death. The figures from 2013 show a number of 41,149 suicide cases. For 100,000 people, they occurred at a rate of 12.6, which is quite a lot.
To see how severe suicide attempts have become, researchers took a look at the data collected by the Pediatric Health Information System. The data concerned children aged between 5 and 17 and, apart from suicide attempts, they also looked at the levels of suicidal ideation. This is a common medical term used to describe suicidal thoughts.
Older teenagers and girls are the most likely to attempt suicide
The data also came from 31 hospitals especially destined for children. This way, they identified 115,000 suicide attempts that were addressed at the emergency departments of these hospitals. While the suicide rate was 0.66 in 2008, it reached 1.82 in 2015.
Of course, there are certain groups that are a lot more affected than others. Teenagers between 15 and 17 are most likely to try to take their own lives, while girls are a lot more affected than boys. Some cases also occur between the ages of 12 and 14, 37 percent more precisely. Among the youngest children, suicidal tendencies are the rarest, with only 13 percent.
If you want to be more careful with your children, pay attention during spring and fall. The research showed teens were more likely to attempt suicide during these seasons, while summer is the most peaceful of all. Probably, this happens because these seasons coincide with a lot of stress and pressure coming from schools.
The study was published in the journal Pediatrics.
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