Health Minute: Suicide Rates Still High For Young People

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WESTERN NEW YORK – The findings of new research show an alarming trend, in 2017, suicide rates among 15 to 24-year-olds across the nation was at its highest point since 2000; especially among young men between 15 and 19.

Research published in the Medical Journal JAMA used data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “underlying cause of death” database.

In 2000, the rate of suicide among teens 15 to 19 was eight per 100-thousand people.

By 2017, the rate jumped to 17 per 100,000. An increase was also seen among 20 to 24-year-olds over the sametime period .

In 2000, the suicide rate was 12.5 per 100,000 people. by 2017, it was 17 out of 100,000.

Mental health experts say they aren’t surprised by the surge. The chief Psychologist for Grady Hospital in Atlanta says a number of things contributed to the spike, including an increase in anxiety and depression among young people.

If you or anyone you know is in need of help, call the national suicide lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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