More adolescents who are committing suicide are picking suffocation and strangling, according to a government research reported on Thursday. And more female teens are killing themselves.
It’s a disturbing pattern and it’s unclear what’s controlling it, the group at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
“The data don’t allow us to determine why,” according to the CDC’s Thomas Simon, a suicide expert who helped lead the study. “Is it social media? Is it conventional media? Is it access to other methods?”
What CDC is very troubled about is giving problematic teens a “how-to” guide for how to confer suicide; however the agency additionally needs parents, friends, teachers and others to be mindful of the dangers. At the point when media cover certain suicide methods, frequently authorities see an ascent in suicides a short time after, using the technique described.
It’s additionally troubling because of the fact that suffocation is deadly. Not like attempts at poisoning, most suffocation attempts wind up killing the victim.
Suicide is the second-leading reason for death among kids and young adults age 10 to 24. In 2012, more than 5,000 teens and adults were killed by committing suicide.
Simon’s team needed to check whether anything’s changed by race, sex, geography or method of death and examined death reports from 1994 to 2012.
“Results of the analysis indicated that, during 1994-2012, suicide rates by suffocation increased, on average, by 6.7 percent and 2.2 percent annually for females and males, respectively,” they wrote in the CDC’s week by week cover on death and illness.
Suicide rates generally went down among young men and boys from 1994 to 2007, however then went up once more, the team found. Suicide rates for young ladies and women additionally climbed after 2007.
“Among persons aged 10-24 years, suicide rates are higher in males than in females. Suicide rates by suffocation (including hanging) have been increasing among females in this age group since the early 1990s,” they wrote.
“It seems to be a pervasive pattern,” Simon told NBC News.
“Is it social media? Is it conventional media? Is it access to other methods?”