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Youth, teen and young adult suicide rates surged by 56 percent between 2007 and 2017, a new report reveals.
And rates have risen fastest among children between 10 and 14, tripling since 2007.
Violence - Rise - Rates - 24-year-olds - Percent
While self-directed violence is on the rise, homicide rates among 10- to 24-year-olds fell by 18 percent over the same period, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data released on Wednesday.
Suicide remains the second leading cause of death for young people in the US, and homicide is the third-from-the-top killer of American teens and young adults between 10 and 24.
Increase - 19-year-olds - Suicides - Percent - Percent
An alarming increase was also reported among 15- to 19-year-olds, among whom suicides have shot up by over 75 percent since 2014, increasing by 10 percent each year since.
The new statistics come amid rising concerns that the mental health of US youth, teenagers and young adults is in a dismal state, with some experts blaming smart phones, social media and the decline of in-person support networks.
Deaths - Americans - Health - Issue - US
Violent deaths - especially among the youngest Americans - have emerged as not on only a political but also a public health issue in the US.
Although in the long therm homicides have fallen, recent years have seen increases in both homicides and suicides among 10- to 24-year-olds.
Rates - Youth - Teens - Adults - Percent
Finally, homicide rates among youth, teens and young adults fell between 2016 and 2017, but has overall shot up by 36 percent since 2000.
That increase sharpened between 2013 and 2016, rising by about six percent each year - six times the rate of increase seen between 2000 and 2013 before finally dipping back down in 2017.
Worrisome - Rise - Suicides
More worrisome is the fast-paced rise in suicides.
Suicide rates among young people held fairly stable between 2000 and 2007.
But since then, they've increased sharply over the course of the last...
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