New government research reveals that the suicide rate among teens and young women is increasing in the United States. The death rate is rising as teens are apparently using suffocation to commit suicides.
Why they are killing themselves? What is driving this trend in the country? These questions have yet to be answered.
This study was conducted by a team at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Thomas Simon, a suicide expert who led the study, says that, “the data doesn’t allow us to determine why. Is it social media? Is it conventional media? Is it access to other methods?”
“When media report on certain suicide methods, often officials see a rise in suicides afterwards using the method described.”
The research shows the second-leading cause of death among children and young adults aged 10 to 24 is suicide. The most tragic finding is that more than 5,000 teens and young adults committed suicide in 2012.
Researchers analyzed death reports from 1994 to 2012 to see “if anything’s changed by race, sex, geography, or method of death.”
“Results of the analysis indicated that during 1994-2012, suicide rates by suffocation increased, on average, by 6.7 percent and 2.2 percent annually for females and males, respectively,” according to the findings published in the CDC’s weekly report on death and illness.
Researchers also found that the suicide rate among girls and women increased since 2007.
“Among persons aged 10-24 years, suicide rates are higher in males than in females. Suicide rates by suffocation (including hanging) have been increasing among females in this age group since the early 1990s,” according to the study.
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