A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows suicide is a major public health issue. "I've been losing sleep over this, quite honestly," statistician Sally Curtin told NPR.
Among girls 5 to 15 years old--a segment of the population among whom suicide was a rare phenomenon in 1999--rates of suicide tripled between 1999 and 2014, with one suicide yearly for every 6,660 of these girls.
This is truly a serious issue and sad bit of news. 42,773 Americans died of suicide in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That made suicide the 10th leading cause of death for all ages.
Seeing the rapid increase of young people dying from things outside of natural causes is a huge concern. This issue needs to be addressed.