US Suicide Rates Dramatically On The Rise

Federal researchers reported today that suicide rates have risen 24 percent in the US since 1999. The findings show that there were 13 suicides per 100,000 people in 2014, it was previously 10.5 per 100,000 in 1999. Startling increases are reported  by the National Center for Health Statistics among white women and native American women, with suicide rates among non hispanic white females aged 10 to 14 years more than tripling within fifteen years.

The CDC continued that suicide is the second leading cause of death among children and young adults ages 10 to 24, with more than 5,000 reported young people taking their lives in 2012. Amongst many factors that lead to suicide, authorities are citing social media as a new concern with cyber bullying and these social interactions being unmonitored by adults. Another factor for young people is the reduction in age at puberty, many psychiatric disorders like depression and anxiety start at the same time of puberty so with that occurring earlier brings the early onset of those psychiatric disorders.

The study focused on solely numbers and not reasons for suicide.