Suicide Rates for U.S. Teens and Young Adults on the Rise

(Bloomberg) -- Suicides surpassed homicides for U.S. teens and young adults around 2010 and the gap continues to grow, according to a government report released today.

In 2017, suicide was the second leading cause of death, behind accidents, for all young age groups -- 10–14, 15–19, and 20–24 --reaching a record high in 2017, according to the Center for Disease Control. From 2007 to 2017, the suicide rate among people between 10 and 24 increased by 56% -- a 7% annual pace.

Suicide Rates for U.S. Teens and Young Adults on the Rise

Harvard University’s Oren Miron, a bioinformatics specialist, noted that increases in social media use, anxiety, depression and self-inflicted injuries may be contributing to the increase in youth suicides in a Journal of the American Medical Association paper last summer.

Suicide Rates for U.S. Teens and Young Adults on the Rise

Suicide rates surpassed homicide rates for each young age group around the start of the decade.

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