The suicide rate among teen girls doubled from 2007-2015, reaching a 40-year high according to new analysis from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
Just as the suicide rate among young women has spiked, it has also increased by 30 percent among young men. The uptick in teen suicides is a noticeable development amid a general increase in suicides since 2007, and health professionals are looking at the socio-political and economic environments of the Internet age as possible influences.
To discuss the findings of the CDC’s study, risk factors and what parents and educators can do to support teens, the PBS NewsHour was joined on Twitter Sept. 7th at 1 ET by mental health counselor and educator Dr. Christina Connolly (@CConolly_psych), Chief Medical Officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Dr. Christine Moutier (@AFSPNational) and co-author of the CDC study Sally Curtin (@NCHStats).
Here’s a recap of the conversation: