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CDC: Children Suicides Rose 56% in Just 10 Years

There’s an epidemic in America killing our young people more profound then drugs, auto accidents, firearms and drowning, that those within congress, the White House and within the mainstream media have been ignoring for well over 10-years.

Childhood suicides for youngsters between the ages of 10 to 14 according to new data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have tripled between the years 2007 to 2017, after years of decline.

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Moreover, the overall suicide rate among young people ages 10 to 24 has increased by 56% in just under 10 years.

Those startling figures, however, pale in comparison for teens between the ages of 15 to 19, recording a 76% increase in suicides for that same period.

The data also confirms that between the years 2007 through 2013 the suicide rate among this age group stood at 3%  per year, however between the years 2013 to 2017 that number increased by 4%, peeking in 2017 to 7% a year.

Even more astounding death by suicide for individuals aged 10 to 24 was the second-leading cause of death in 2017, yet the figures regarding children committing suicide is seldom highlighted within medical journals and within childhood studies.

A recent study conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in December of 2018, titled “The 10 leading causes of death for US children,” emphasized within their study that car crashes and firearms are leading causes of death among US children.

That banner headline was followed by a list of the top 10 causes of death which included; chronic lower respiratory disease, fire or burns, heart disease, congenital anomalies, drug overdose/poisoning, drowning and suffocation, malignant neoplasm, firearm-related injury, and motor vehicle crash.

I’m obviously not disputing the study, only the lack of urgency among many healthcare providers regarding this growing epidemic of children taking their own lives.

Since 2014, millennials 23 to 38 years of age have seen a 47% increase in individuals being diagnosed as being clinically mentally depressed. “Deaths of despair,” of dying from suicide, alcohol, and drugs, increased in the millennial population in the last 10 years, and they are more likely to report feeling lonely than other generations.

However, according to the Pew Research Center as shocking as those figures are “Generation Z”, individuals born during 1997 and onward, might be seeing a mental health crisis even worse than that faced by the older millennial generation.

 In 2017, 13% of teens reported having experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year. In 2007, when more millennials were teens, that number was just 8%.

Pew’s research uncovered what many health professionals have long surmised regarding an increase in mental illness among this new generation which is considered the first truly “digital generation.”

Teens between 13 to 17 years of age by a margin of almost 45% acknowledged they use the internet “almost constantly.”

The study found over-use of social media can cause loneliness, depression, and anxiety, especially among this group.

“I feel like we have too much of a reliance on technology,” Jess Gallo 19, said. “And we don’t really appreciate the value of books or interpersonal communication.”

Dr. Wun Jung Kim, a child psychiatrist, and professor at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University explains the challenge facing our society today concerning treatment, intervention and the lack of awareness many parents and grandparents have about how to help a child in crisis along with the lack of specialists available.

Dr. Kim lamented, “The lack of access to psychiatric care has been a problem for a long time, and it’s not improving because of the increasing demand for care of our nation’s youth.

Adding, “We have a lousy system of care.”

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free 24/7 confidential support system for people in emotional distress. If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, “PLEASE CALL THEM” at 800-273-8255.

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About Bob A.

I began my career as a New York graphic designer, years later as an Art Director working with some of the leading advertising agencies and studios of the day, transitioned into owning my own graphic design service, providing a host of creative services, most recently as a working cartoonist for a verity of clients, my most recent illustrative assignment was a 33-page children’s book titled “Nicholas’s Amazing Journey.” I’m a published author, with my first novel titled “Journey” published in 2003, and my second a short story titled “Mr. Tidbit’s Dilemma”, published in 2014, by American Star Books, and I’m currently working on my third novel, a murder-mystery titled “Possession,” which hopefully should be completed early next year. I’m also an unabashed conservative and political junkie writing well over 4,000 published articles and political commentary, on a host of national issues and current event topics facing America. I received the 2007 Editors Choice Award, for Outstanding Achievement in poetry, presented by Poetry.com and the International Library of Poetry, and I am a proud member of the National Writers Association.

2 comments

  1. As long as we continue to allow the media to escalate rare or unlikely events to catastrophic levels, we can not combat this rise. You turn on the TV and hear about shark attacks which are under 100 a year but not all of the American’s struck by lightning every year. Or the few blacks killed by cops without mentioning the much larger amounts of other ethnic groups killed by police or even the many times rate that blacks are killed by other black people. Or that the earth’s climate has changed for millions or billions of years, temperatures and CO2 levels have been much, much higher than they are today and it did not cause a mass extinction event. We allow media to drive these dystopian nightmare scenarios that are not likely to happen. We allow children to believe, unchallenged, what they are taught instead of teaching them to be skeptical of EVERYTHING they hear and to search out truth.

    Let me ask you, which is more popular, NFL or bowling? Since we see all of the hoopla over the NFL, we think that it would be much more popular. But, at least 10 times the number of Americans bowl weekly versus people watching the NFL and the NFL even said that if you believe that they are more popular, you do not know the NFL. We need critical thinking more and more.

    I remember around the time of Ronald Reagan’s death, there was all of this research coming out about Alzheimer’s. So, I saw a report saying that it had risen to the 6th leading cause of death in America. I listened to it. About 3 sentences in, they said that 1 in 6 American’s die from Alzheimer’s. I don’t care what math you were taught, that makes ZERO sense. You can not have 5 causes higher than 1 in 6 and it adds to 100%. But, you still hear about the top causes of death without realizing that they count people many, many times.

  2. Another call for “better”, meaning government, healthcare.
    Just a guess based on 70 years watching society become better “educated” and more “enlightened”.
    Families are no longer cool. They just hinder career development and distract from personal interests. . Men no longer expect to be responsible fathers. Women see children as a burden, best left under the care of government, nannies or school, preferably funded by others taxes. So growing up boys no longer see any future in becoming men. That’s why the number of boys in college drops every year. And girls devote themselves to something called “empowerment”. No, families are no longer cool, or even desirable. And children know this better than all the immature adults they see around them. It’s no surprise at all that children are becoming more disillusioned, unmotivated and depressed every day.

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