US youth suicide rate rises by 56% in decade

The suicide rate among 10 to 24 year olds in the US rose by 56% between 2007 and 2017 according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, overtaking the number of young people killed by homicide around 2010.

From 2007 to 2014 the homicide rate decreased by 23%, only to rise by 18% over the next three years according the report, confirming it as the third biggest cause of death in that age range, followed by suicide in second, and unintentional injuries such as drug overdose and car accidents as the leading cause of death.

US suicide rates have risen across the demographic divide with a 30% increase experience between 1999 and 2016.

Since suicide rates among 10 to 24-year-olds had been stable from 2000 to 2007, some experts are pointing to the emergence of social media and its impact on mental health as a possible cause of the spike in suicide rates seen after 2007.

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