Giving Compass’ Take:
• Amelia Harper reports that the adolescent suicide rate hits 20-year high, but more research is needed to determine the driving forces behind the increase.
• How can funders work to address this problem at scale? How can you best support the necessary research?
Recent research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates the suicide rate for teens ages 15 to 19 is at its highest point in 20 years, and that suicide is now the second-leading cause of death for that age group, Education Week reports.
The report, based on statistics from the Centers for Disease Control’s Underlying Cause of Death database, reveals the increase has mainly occurred between 2007 and 2017, reaching a rate of 11.8 suicides per 100,000 in 2017, with males more than three times more likely than females to commit suicide.
The rise in the suicide rate is attributed to increased use of social media, anxiety and depression, though the report suggests more research is needed.
Read the full article about the adolescent suicide rate by Amelia Harper at Education Dive.
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