Suicide among young Americans on the rise since 2007: Study


A study shows the suicide rate among the young Americans has dramatically been increasing during the past six years, with researchers saying economic recession has played a significant role in the surge.

A report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday indicated that  the suicide rate for young women and teenage girls continues to increase, at a pace much faster than the suicide rate among teenage boys and young men.

According to the study, the rate of suicide for young women in 2013 was alarmingly 3.4 per 100,000. The rate was 2.2 per 100,000 people in 2007.

The suicide rate for boys and young men also spiked from 10.7 to 11.9 for per 100,000 since 2007. It still remains almost three times higher than suicide rate among females, for ages 10 through 24, the study found out.

The rate for older adults has also been increased since 2007 with the range of 15 or 20 per 100,000. There were 4,320 suicide deaths in 2007; the toll was 5,264 in 2013.

Experts believe that the economic crisis of 2007 to 2009, dubbed as the Great Recession, played a significant role in the surge. They pointed out external circumstances such as bankruptcy, job loss and foreclosure may have played a large role in suicidal deaths.

The recession is considered by many economists as the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s.