The alarming rise of teen and adolescent suicide rates over the last decade is prompting researchers and mental health professionals to search for causes and devise new methods and programs for preventing and treating younger suicidal patients, despite existing barriers.
Over 10-year span (2007 to 2017)
|2007||6.8 suicide deaths per 100,000 people aged 10 to 24|
|2017||10.6 suicide deaths per 100,000 people aged 10 to 24|
|(56% increase over 10-year span)|
|People ages 15-19: 76% increase|
|People ages 10-14: 16% increase|
Curtin, S. C., & Heron, M. (2019). Death rates due to suicide and homicide among persons aged 10–24: United States, 2000–2017. NCHS Data Brief, no 352. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics.
|2018||6,211 suicides nationwide, aged 15-24 – 14.5 deaths per 100,000 people|
|Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds (Motor vehicle accident deaths is first)|
Drapeau, C. W., & McIntosh, J. L. (for the American Association of Suicidology). (2020). U.S.A. suicide: 2018 Official final data. Washington, DC: American Association of Suicidology, dated February 12, 2020, downloaded from http://www.suicidology.org.
On training and education
|# of states with policies mandating and encouraging suicide prevention education for healthcare professionals||2|
|# of states with a policy mandating suicide prevention education||8|
|# of states with a policy encouraging suicide prevention education||5|
|# of states with a policy mandating or encouraging training for the treatment for suicidal patients||0|
Graves, J. M., Mackelprang, J. L., Van Natta, S. E., & Holiday, C. (2018). Suicide prevention training: Policies for health care professionals across the United States as of October 2017. American Journal of Public Health, 108(6), 760–768.”
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