Suicide occurs when a person chooses to end his or her life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , in suicide was the second leading cause of death among children and adolescents ages 13 to 19 — and the leading cause of death among year-olds. It is the 10th leading cause of deaths among all Americans. Research shows that suicidal thoughts and behaviors are the greatest predictors of suicide. According to statistics from the CDC, 8.
Teen Depression and Suicide Risk Factors
Suicide is when a teen causes his or her own death on purpose. Before trying to take their own life, a teen may have thoughts of wanting to die. This is called suicidal ideation. He or she may also have suicidal behavior. The teen years are a stressful time. They are filled with major changes.
The suicide rate among teenage girls reached an all-time high in , according to a recent analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The analysis found an increase in teen suicides across the board between and The numbers are a sobering reminder that suicide is a growing public health concern and that teens are a particularly vulnerable group.
The teen years can be extremely tough and depression affects teenagers far more often than many of us realize. However, while depression is highly treatable, most depressed teens never receive help. Teen depression goes beyond moodiness.