Posted by Tyler Durden
The suicide rate among Americans ages 10 to 24 rose 57% between 2007 and 2018, according to data released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). There is growing concern that social media could contribute to the suicide wave among younger generations.
Between 2007 and 2018, the national suicide rate among people aged 10 to 24 increased by 57.4%. The increase was broad, as the majority of states noted. -NCHS
On a state basis, the percentage change between the 3-year averages of suicide rates for 2007–2009 and 2016–2018 rose to 47%. The The largest increases were recorded in New Hampshire, Oregon, Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma and Michigan.
Forty-two states had significant increases in their suicide rates between 2007–2009 and 2016–2018, eight countries recorded insignificant increases. Most states recorded increases of between 30% and 60%. In 2016–2018, suicide rates were highest in Alaska and lowest in New Jersey. – NCHS
Courtesy of Bloomberg, here is a full visualization of the teenage suicide crisis that has unfolded across the country.
NCHS's data only covered suicides between 2007 and 2018, but there is reason to believe the trend will continue, largely due to the virus stress caused by the pandemic.
"There are many reasons to suspect that suicide rates will continue to rise this year, not just because of Covid-19, but because stress and anxiety seem to permeate every aspect of our lives," said Shannon Monnat, co-director of Policy Place and Population Health Lab at Syracuse University, Bloomberg said.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers. Readers may recall that we reported on the worrying trend in teenage suicides in late 2019. The prevalence of social media over the past decade could be a major contributor to this trend.
"There is an independent connection between problematic use of social media / Internet and suicide attempts among young people," states a study recently published in the LWW journals entitled "Social media, Internet use and suicide attempts among young people".
To make matters worse, anxiety / depression among teenagers has soared this year as the viral pandemic, depressed unemployment and social unrest have all led to a pessimistic outlook for the country.
In late June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed nearly 10,000 Americans about their mental health. They found that symptoms of anxiety and depression increased sharply across the board between March and June compared to the same time last year. And young people seemed to be the hardest hit of any group.
“Almost 11 percent of all respondents said they had seriously thought about suicide in the past 30 days. For the 18- to 24-year-olds, the number was 1 in 4 – more than twice as high. –NPR news
The UK's Royal Society for Public recently rated the top five social media platforms that have an impact on mental health. It was found Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter were the most adversely affecting teenagers' mental health.
In a separate report, the Use of social media has been directly linked to an increase in depression symptoms in teenagers.
Days ago we spotted an elderly millennial aged 33, also an Army veteran, killing himself with a shotgun on Facebook Live. The terrifying footage spread across the internet and went viral on TikTok.
Long- and short-term trends suggest that American youth is slipping into the abyss as a suicide crisis deepens.