Increase in suicides among American teenagers is a mystery

by Angelica Basile - 2017.05.11
Increase in suicides among American teenagers is a mystery
  • Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Whatsapp
  • Print

Record numbers of suicides, even if some fail, among North American minors. Over the last decade, they have doubled and have reached the figure of 119,000. Those attempting to put an end to their lives, are for the most part, young girls (65%) between the ages of 15-17 followed by 12-14 and 5-11. This data, that emerged in a study of the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting 2017, also shed light on the fact that these tragic episodes tend, on average, to occur at the beginning of the school year. A trend that, instead, reverses in July, when fewer cases are seen. The reason for the overall worsening of this phenomenon, at least, according to the authors of the study, are not clear. Though, there is no doubt that cyber-bullying and stress over issues concerned with social media played a role.

Published in Youth Suicide.
Related:
  • Boom in number of suicides among American teenagers

    Juvenile suicides have reached record numbers in the U.S..The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has launched an alarm concerning this issue: the data indicate that for the age range 15 – 19, the figure has doubled for females and increased by 30% among males between the years 2007 - Read More.

  • Reasons why TV series anti-bullying failed in its intent

    13 Reasons Why, the American TV series that had been enormously successful last winter, might have failed in its intent. Instead of discouraging suicide among teenagers, it might well have encouraged it. At least, this is what n in-depth study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine claims. The authors examine Read More.

  • The truth about the Blue Whale phenomenon in Italy

    Only 5% of the 170 reports received by the Italian Police in relation to the “Blue Whale Challenge”, concern alleged crimes. Such as instigation of suicide or procured alarm. This is what the Italian Minister of the Interior referred yesterday at the Question Time at the Chamber of Deputies on Read More.

  • The anti-Blue Whale button is now available

    The Italian Police's fight against the "Blue Whale" never stops. After having offered some useful advices to parents and teenagers some days ago and in order to stem this horrible phenomenon, now it also makes the button “STOP BLUE WHALE” available in its homepage. The main purpose is to facilitate Read More.

  • Italian police offers advice about combating dangers of Blue Whale

    Talk directly and openly with your kids about Blue Whale and get them to share their ideas about it. This is one suggestion offered to parents by the Italian police to help them understand the best way to prevent their children’s participation in this horrible trend, born in Russia: one Read More.

  • Living in cities makes young people paranoid and schizophrenic

    That it is healthier to live in the country than the city is well known. However, the fact that young city-dwellers also have 40% more chance of suffering from psychosis (hearing voices, paranoia or becoming schizophrenic in adulthood) is perhaps is less common knowledge. These were the findings by a Read More.