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Soaring suicide attempts

Suicide is already the second major cause of death for young people, aged 10 to 24, but a new report from the Journal of Pediatrics says that the “rates of suicide among 10- to 19-year-olds, which had been decreasing before 2007, increased 56% from 2007 to 2016 and the rates of suicide among 10- to 14-year-old girls nearly tripled in that same time-frame.”

Reading between the lines of this study the implication is that the ease of communication among teens – thanks to social media – has a lot to do with this increase. Miserable teens can find other miserable teens more easily and tell them about their experiences than in the past: “The temporal changes that seem to correlate with changes in the way youth are spending their time and connecting with others is concerning and suggests that this issue should be an area of future research.”