Suicide rate doubled for adolescent girls between 2007-2015

The CDC issued a separate report last year finding that suicides in the U.S. as a whole increased by 24 percent over a 15-year period.
By James Carlin | Aug 07, 2017
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that suicide rates for adolescent boys and girls has been rising from 2007 to 2015.

The rate of suicides for girls age 15 to 19 doubled during that period and in 2015 reached its highest peak in 40 years. The suicide rate for boys in the same age group during the same time period rose by 30 percent.

"In 1975, in the United States, there were 1,289 suicides among males and 305 suicides among females aged 15 to 19 years," wrote the authors, as reported by HuffPost. "In 2015, there were 1,537 suicides among males and 524 among females aged 15 to 19 years."

The CDC issued a separate report last year finding that suicides in the U.S. as a whole increased by 24 percent over a 15-year period.

According to experts, young people are vulnerable to mental health issues due to family problems, bullying, financial worries, social media use, and exposure to violence. Studies also show that depression among teens is rising, but stigma and lack of access to mental health resources often prevent them from getting the help they need.

"People often think that teens can't get depressed or anxious, but they can," Dan Reidenberg, executive director of the Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, told HuffPost. "While the teen brain is still developing, teens do struggle with genuine mental illnesses and they need to be properly evaluated and treated," he said, adding, "We need to change perceptions to help teens learn it is okay to ask for and get help." Reidenberg was not involved in the CDC study.

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