US teen suicide rate


Simra Shahid, Journalist

As you might already know, teen suicide is one of the largest problems the U.S. is facing  today. It is one of the most common ways for a teenager to die, and 2018 there were around 48,344 suicides that were reported. The rate started to increase 24% between the years 1999 and 2014, and there are 10.5-13.0 suicides per 100,000 people. 

Surprisingly, the U.S. is  the leading country with the most suicide deaths, right behind Greenland. These deaths amongst teens are caused by abusive families or exposure to violence at a young age. This exposure plus toxic relationships with family members can put teens into a downward spiral of depression and instability. This can lead to suicidal actions which can result in multiple attempts and sometimes even succeeding. They can start discovering mental illnesses, and have multiple mood swings on many occasions.

Teenagers that suffer from depression often show signs of self harm, lack of enthusiasm, infamous smoking, and contact with various drugs and substances. Misusing substances can increases chances of suicide heavily and they are often attempts to forget about their current issues. This unfortunately makes matters worse, and temptations stronger. 

People that are suicidal never truly want to die just to end whatever suffering or pain. Stress and anxiety can contribute greatly to depression, and teens tend to feel alone with their problems. Some people openly talk about their plans to commit. This is easily ignored by others, even though it could be a cry for help. These people can start losing interest in certain things and some may try to avoid contact with family members and close friends. Instead, they could be careless,reckless, and do things like making poor decisions that could end in injuries or lifelong issues. These decisions can also be caused by mental illnesses, trauma, or addiction. 

If someone you know is considering committing suicide, don’t take it lightly. Advise them to seek help. Talking to them most likely won’t make a difference, though it could possibly ease the thought of committing. Still, I encourage you to help them seek help, therapy, or parental guidance are preferred.