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According to a new report by the CDC, suicide rates among adolescents and young adults have grown exponentially in the last decade, a jump of 56 percent between 2007 and 2017. Over the same period Suicide overtook the murder and became the second leading cause of death in people aged 10 to 24 after accidents.
Lisa M. Horowitz, a child psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health, told Washington Post that juvenile suicide should be seen as a public health crisis, but added that most people do not know how widespread they are. Researchers have puzzled over possible reasons for the increase; A study published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry examined the implications of the controversial show 13 Reasons Why and found that the suicide rate among boys aged 10 to 17 years after the Show significantly increase release. However, no significant change was observed in girls, and other studies have shown that suicide rates are also rising among women and girls. Authors 13 reasons why the study also asked readers to remember that their study did not prove causality.
"The truth is that everyone says he definitely knows what causes, he does not know what he's & # 39; talk about it, "said Ursula Whiteside, a researcher at the University of Washington opposite Post .
Many studies have shown that smartphones and ubiquitous Internet access, for example, affect the mental health of teenagers. However, experts advise caution before coming to conclusions. The Internet has also made it easier for people to get help when they need help, and it allows teenagers who prefer to send a text message to a hotline to reach mental health services.
We do not yet know exactly why adolescents are at suicide rates The number of people has increased so dramatically that we know that this is an issue we could talk more openly about: Robert Howard Dicker, a psychiatrist at Northwell Health in New York, says people should feel empowered to ask their friends and / or children for suicide without fear, they will somehow cause suicidal feelings. "If you do not ask, you get the impression that people are not interested and do not care, and that leads to more isolation and thinking about suicidal thoughts," he says.