Youth Suicide rate up by 57% in the US


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)in its report has stated that between 2007 and 2017, the suicide rate among the children and adolescents whose age is between 10 and 24 has risen by 56%. The rate of suicide between this age bracket was stable between 2000 and 2007.

According to the same report, the homicide rate declined for children between 10 and 14. It was stable between 2000 and 2007. Between 2007 and 2014, it increased to 23 percent. Between 2014 and 2017, this rate lay at 18 percent. Melonie Heron and Sally Curtin were the co-authors of this report. They stated that the young people in the United States of America (USA) are dying from suicides at a record rate.

For the adolescents who are aged between 15 and 19, the homicide and suicide rates have increased between 2000 and 2017. The data states that nowadays, suicide is the second most leading cause of death for these age groups for which the study was conducted. It has even surpassed the homicide rates.

During 2000, the homicide rate for adolescents was 8.7 per 100k people, and the suicide rate stood at 7.2. During 2017, the homicide rate was lower at 7.9, and the suicide rate plunged to 10.6. 

The researchers have expressed their concerns regarding this fact and stated that the suicide rate had trended upwards. The pace has increased at an accelerating rate. The country needs better suicide prevention efforts at the moment. Further research is also required to determine the causes of the increased rate of suicide among the young population of the US. 

Ms. Carr further stated that the government needs to recognize this fact that there exists more than one factor that leads someone to commit suicide. A combination of multiple factors, including mental health conditions, forces someone to take this extreme step

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