STUDY: Youth suicide rate increases over 50 percent in two years
According to a study released by the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN), youth suicide increased over 50 percent in two years.
The TSPN reported that the suicide rate in youths rose 24.4 percent from 2015 to 2016, and an overall increase of 54.5 percent from 2015 to 2017.
In 2017, it was reported that there were 142 youth deaths by suicide. A majority of those suicide deaths ranged from adolescents 10 to 17 years of age.
In Tennessee, an estimated 3 people commit suicide each day; now the ninth leading cause of death in the state.
“One death by suicide is one death too many,” said Scott Ridgway, Executive Director of the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN). “Given the stark increase in death by suicide among children, we are working with Governor-elect Bill Lee’s transition team to impress the importance of saving all lives in Tennessee and improving our prevention efforts.”
The TSPN, the Tennessee Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention work together each year to compile and analyze statistics to present to state legislators, mental health professionals, and the general public in order to raise suicide awareness and prevention.
The detailed report outlines overall age, race, gender, and geography of those who have fallen to suicide. You can view the most recent report on TSPN's website.
Also available on the TSPN website, you can volunteer or request suicide prevention training.
If you or a loved one may be experiencing signs of suicide and/or depression, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately at 1-800-273-8255. Calls are free and offer confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24/7.