The National Center for Health Statistics released a new report with novel insights in teen suicide rates. The findings of the paper show a critical situation. Two years ago, there was a record number over the last 40 years of girls between ages of 15 and 19 who committed suicide. The research found that in just eight years starting with 2007, the suicide rate doubled.
The Suicide Rates for Both Boys and Girls Recorded Sharp Increases between 2007 and 2015
The new research paper coming from the National Center for Health Statistics extracted its data from official death certificates. While the suicide rate for girls spiked to record heights in 2015, the boys within the same age group was lower than in peak periods spanning mid-1980s through mid-1990s. Nonetheless, the author of the report, Tom Simon, believes that the situation has already escalated to concerning levels.
“For young males, there was a 31% increase in suicide rates, and for young females, the suicide rate doubled.”
At a closer look, there were 12 per 100,000 population males between 15 and 19 of age who ended their lives in 1975. The rate increased to 18.1 per 100,000 in 1990 only to decline again in 2007 to 10.8 per 100,000. However, the most recent reports indicate a sudden increase to 14.2 per 100,000 in 2015.
As for females, in 1975 the rate indicated 2.9 cases per 100,000. In 1990, the number reached 3.7 per 100,000 and decreased to 2.4 per 100,000 in 2007. However, 2015 represented the peak of this phenomenon with 5.1 cases per 100,000 population.
The Author of the Paper Believes This Phenomenon to Be the Result of a Multitude of Causes
Simon stated that the juvenile cases of suicides are encompassing those of oldest adults by far. Nonetheless, other age groups are also starting to show an increase that is similar to the suicide rates from 2000.
As for the causes of such a spike, Simon believes that there are several reasons involved at a time. Possible risks could be violence exposure, substance abuse, stigma, relationship traumas, social isolation, and limited available support.
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