Suicide Rates Rising, Particularly Among Boys

Suicide rates among teenagers are rising, especially among boys.

A report out of Harvard Medical School shows suicide rates among boys rose roughly two-and-a-half percent every year between 2007 and 2014. Between 2015 and 2017, the annual rise was more than 14 percent. The study also found that rates among girls rose by much less; about eight percent per year from 2010 and 2017.

Overall, there has been a 30-percent increase in Suicides in the United States from 2000 to 2016. The rising rates in teens may be related to both the opioid epidemic and economics. The authors of the study say stresses and society pressures also play a large role.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. For more information on how to pot the signs of someone struggling,visit their website.


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