In a study released this past week by the Center for Disease Control, it states that teen suicide is on the rise.
The CDC conducts a survey called the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System each year. The YRBSS looks into behavior that can be viewed as harmful to youth, such as texting and driving, alcohol/drug use, and behaviors that can lead to injury or violence. This year the statistics for youth attempting or committing suicide were higher than last year.
The survey found that overall, thoughts of suicide or attempted suicide occurred more often in females than in males. The numbers were also higher in lower grades and seemed to drop off once students hit their junior and senior year of high school.
The New York Daily News reported that overall, the suicide rate is up 7.8% in 2011, compared to 9.3% in 2009.
These higher statistics could be due to many aspects: bullying, stress, money; whatever the reasons may be, it is not acceptable for these numbers to be going up. It’s important as adults that we look out for the youth of this country. We need to open up and talk to them about this problem or simply let them know that we’re willing to lend a listening ear. We need to see these numbers drop significantly, not rise.