According to a new analysis released by Centers for Disease Control, the suicide rate among the girls between the ages of 15 and 19 continues to grow and hit a 40-year high in 2015.The research indicates the suicide rate for those girls doubled between 2007 and 2015.
Specifically, the suicide rate for males between 15 and 19 increased from 12 per 100,000 populations in 1975 to 18.1 per 100,000 in 1990. It then declined to 10.8 per 100,000 by 2007 and then increased again to 14.2 per 100,000 by 2015.
Among females, the suicide rate increased from 2.9 per 100,000 in 1975 to 3.7 per 100,000 in 1990, dipped to 2.4 per 100,000 in 2007 and then spiked to 5.1 per 100,000 in 2015.
The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) says, there are several factors affecting to teenagers life.
“Firearms are becoming much more frequently used in this age group, and cyber aggression and social media are also factors,” said Joanne Perley with the TSPN.
Perley says “Drug use may also be contributing factors to the increase in the older teen girl’s suicide rate. Teens often don’t feel that they have many solutions to deal with depression or psychological state.
Social media can help to reduce suicide rate but also responsible to hurt teenagers. What’s important is how it’s used. It can be a way to know symptoms of suicide risk of any person and depression is a big risk factor for suicidal thoughts and actions. So, because of the shifting age of puberty onset, girls might be opening the door to anxiety, depression and other psychiatric disorders earlier on in life.