There has been an increase in the suicide rates in adolescent girls and boys since 2007. Between 2007 and 2015, the suicide rate for girls between the ages 15 to 19 has doubled. On the other hand, the suicide rate for boys between ages 15 to 19 has increased by 30% during the same time period.
From 12 suicides per 100,000 individuals in 1975, to 18 suicides per 100,000 people in 1990, the suicide rate for teen boys increased and reached its highest. The numbers then fell between 1990 to 2007; and subsequently rose by 2015.For teen girls, it was lower than their counterparts, but did follow a similar trend nonetheless.
In 1975, America reported 1,289 male suicides and 305 female suicides between ages 15 to 19 years. In 2015, there were 1,537 suicides committed by boys and 524 by girls, in the same age group.
These numbers are a warning that suicide rates are growing and today, it is a public health problem. The CDC released a separate report in 2015, which found that suicides for the American population as a whole increased by 24% over a 15-year period.
These numbers prove that teens are a very vulnerable group when it comes to mental health. It has been found through different studies that teen depression rates are on the rise. But, despite that, the stigma or apprehension of asking for any sort of assistance often comes in the way of getting medical support. Untreated mental health conditions are also among the primary causes of suicide.
According to experts, there are several reasons why more and more young people are struggling with their mental health conditions. Some of these reasons could be high social media usage, bullying, financial burden, family issues and exposure to violence.