From Audrey Barrick and Christian Post.
“Suicide rates among young girls jumped in recent years by 8 percent – the largest spike in 15 years.
Suicides for young people ages 10-24 had declined 28.5 percent between 1990 and 2003, but between 2003 and 2004, the rate increased dramatically, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“This is the biggest annual increase that we’ve seen in 15 years. We don′t yet know if this is a short-lived increase or if it′s the beginning of a trend,” said Dr. Ileana Arias, director of CDC′s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, in the report. “Either way, it′s a harsh reminder that suicide and suicide attempts are affecting too many youth and young adults. We need to make sure suicide prevention efforts are continuous and reaching children and young adults.”
For girls 10-14 years old, deaths jumped by 75.9 percent, from 56 reported cases to 94. Among 15- to 19-year-old women, the number increased from 256 to 355, up 32.3 percent. For 15- to 19-year-old males, suicide deaths went up 9 percent from 1,222 to 1,345.”
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