Suicide Rate Keeps Rising Among Young Americans
“Having a five to 10 minute conversation or phone conversation when something is stressful can be just as valuable as spending an hour a month in therapy,” Singer said.
In the new report, researchers found that the suicide rate among teens and young adults had more than doubled in New Hampshire between 2007 and 2018. Elsewhere, rate increases included 22% in Maryland; 41% in Illinois; 51% in Colorado and 79% in Oregon.
In 2016-18, youth suicide rates were highest in Alaska, while some of the lowest rates were in the Northeast. Yet even New Jersey, which had the lowest rate in that three-year period, saw a 39% increase, Curtin said.
Dr Emmy Betz, associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, believes the reasons for the increase in youth suicides are complicated and poorly understood.
“The first thing is just to look out for each other, for our children, for our communities and to ask ourselves if we are worried about someone and to say something,” she said. “It might sound awkward, but people are generally grateful.”
Use the resources available, added Betz, who is also a spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians. She did not participate in the study.
“The crisis hotline is free and available, and there is an online chat, so there are ways to contact and get help even if you feel like you don’t want to talk to someone. one in your life of what you’re going through, ”says Betz. “Or if you are worried about someone and you don’t know what to do, you can always call these resources too.”
If anyone is going through an immediate crisis, call 911 for help, she added.
Betz noted that parents should keep tools of suicide, such as guns and drugs, locked so that young people cannot access them.
Singer added that what this new report did not reflect was a dramatic increase in suicidal thoughts among young people this year, largely due to the coronavirus pandemic and the deteriorating economy.
“But it’s also important to know that there is no direct relationship between an increase in suicidal thoughts and a corresponding increase in suicide deaths,” he said.
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SOURCES: Sally Curtin, MA, National Center for Health Statistics, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Jonathan Singer, Ph.D., LCSW, associate professor, School of Social Work, Loyola University of Chicago, and president, American Association of Suicidology; Emmy Betz, MD, spokesperson, American College of Emergency Physicians, associate professor, emergency medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver; CDC Report:State suicide rates among adolescents and young adults aged 10 to 24: United States, 2000-2018, September 11, 2020
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