More U.S. Teens Are Dying Of Suicide Than Car Crashes

Posted: Nov 5 2016, 12:56pm CDT | by , Updated: Nov 5 2016, 1:02pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 

More U.S. Teens are Dying of Suicide Than Car Crashes
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Suicide death rate is rising sharply in U.S middle school students

Suicide deaths among children aged 10 to 14 has doubled since 2007. It’s the first time that the rate of suicide deaths in children has overtaken the rate of deaths by car crashes and this trend is concerning health authorities.

In the new report of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers looked at the state-level data to rank death rates for car crashes, suicide, and homicide among young adolescents or children going to middle school.

In 1999, the car crash mortality rate among children aged 10–14 years was 4.5 deaths per 100,000 children, almost four times higher than the death rate for both suicide and homicide (1.2 deaths per 100,000 children). From 1999 to 2014, the death rate for crash crashes fallen considerably and dropped to 1.9 in 2014. The deaths from homicides have also declined over that same period, but those gains were offset by suicide rates that fluctuated from 1999 to 2007 and rose even sharply since 2007 (2.1 deaths per 100,000 children). 

“Many people, including medical professionals, think suicide is a teenage problem. But suicide can happen at very young ages and we have to talk about this problem with all children.” Dr. Lisa Boesky, a private clinical psychologist told CNN.

Suicide is a serious problem that not only affects a single person but a whole bunch of people associated with him. Pinpointing just one reason is not possible because an array of factors contribute to a person’s suicide. Risk factors may include trouble with family or friend relationships, mental disorders and family history. 

“Teens (who attempt suicide) typically show mood swings and depression, but younger children are much more likely to suffer from (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder).” Boesky explained.

“Although it is important to talk to your children, it is more important to listen.”

The decline in motor vehicle traffic injury related deaths over the past 15 years can be attributed to improved technology and strict regulations. 

Suicide deaths and vehicle deaths are in many ways two different problems. In suicide, kids attempt to harm themselves deliberately. In contrast, motor vehicle deaths are usually unintentional and unexpected. Still, we are able to reduce the rate of vehicles death and we can do the same with suicide deaths.

“We know very clearly that, with proper identification, proper support and treatments that are suicide-specific, we absolutely can make a difference and save lives.” David Jobes, the head of Catholic University's Suicide Prevention Lab told NPR.

“Most suicidal people who talk about suicide don’t really want to be dead. They’re giving people lots of indications, lots of warning signs, lots of communications that this is something that they would like to not do, but it requires people identifying that and getting them the proper help.”

 

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