One of the leading causes of death amongst teenagers is suicide. The Centers for Disease control report that it is the third leading cause of death, behind accidents and homicide, of people aged 15 to Even more disturbing is the fact that suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for children between the ages of 10 and Teen suicide is a very real issue today in the United States. It is important to recognize the fact that the suicide rate amongst teenagers is on the rise.
Suicide rising across the US
Suicide in Children and Teens
Many people overlook the problem of teen suicide. However, the Centers for Disease Control CDC report that the number of teen suicides has been increasing in recent years. There are more pressures on teenagers than ever before, and many of them are having trouble coping with the demands that are placed on them. Another problem is that suicide is starting to take on a sort of dark glamour as some social networking Web sites feature suicide pacts among its members. But, whatever the causes of teen suicide, it is important to note that the pressures of teenage living can lead to suicide. The CDC reports that 60 percent of high school students claim that they have though about committing suicide, and around nine percent of them say that they have tried killing themselves at least once. While suicide does not seem terribly common, it is nevertheless a major cause of death.
Youth Suicide Statistics
When the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" premiered in , it quickly became one of the most watched—and most controversial—shows aimed at teen viewers. With its third season expected to release in , the series continues to spark debate over how the show portrays teen suicide and its possible effect on viewers. Fans of the series say it increases much-needed awareness about teen suicide, currently the second leading cause of death for children and young people 10 to 24 years old.
See the following breakdown by race and gender for the total 1, teen suicide deaths reported by the CDC :. Gay youth are two to three times more likely to attempt suicide than other young people 4. A higher risk of suicide attempts for gay and lesbian youth has clearly been shown; however, there are no studies that show an elevated risk of death by suicide for gay and lesbian youth.