According to health officials, the suicide rate for teenage girls and young women continues to increase, at a pace much faster than the suicide rate among teenage boys and young men. This report was analyzed and published on Thursday by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The suicide rate among young boys and men rose between the years of 2007 and 2013, as well. As a result, the rate of suicide among males still remains nearly three times higher than their female counterparts, for ages 10 through 24.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the increase among females has been static, but much more dramatic. An expert commented on the report and explained the reason may be because an increased number of girls and young women are engaging in hanging and other forms of suffocation, which are many times more deadly than a drug overdose – the top arbiter of suicide among younger females.
Alarmingly, in 2013, the rate of suicide for young women was 3.4 per 100,000. In the same year, the rate for young men was 11.9 per 100,000.
By Alex Lemieux
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