Youth Suicide Rate Increased 56% From 2007 To 2017

by Daniel Payne · Oct 17th, 2019 3:58 pm

Last Updated Nov 15th, 2019 at 2:46 pm

The suicide rate of individuals ages 10 to 24 increased 56 percent between 2007 and 2017, the CDC revealed.

The rate of homicide deaths decreased by 23 percent from 2007 to 2014, but increased by 18 percent from 2014 to 2017.

Some of the data indicate even more alarming trends among younger people, showing that the rate of suicide among 10- to 14-year-olds tripled from 2007 to 2017.

Around 2010, the death rate of suicides among adolescents and young adults surpassed the rate of homicide deaths, according to the report.

“The chances of a person in this age range dying by suicide is greater than homicide, when it used to be the reverse,” said Sally Curtin, a statistician at the CDC and an author of the report. “When a leading cause of death among our youth is increasing, it behooves all of us to pay attention and figure out what’s going on.”


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