Suicide Is Spiking Among Young People

( – Suicide and homicide are spiking among young people ages 10-24, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicide rates have reportedly trended upward from 6.8 to 11 per 100,000 people. 

From 2007 through 2018, suicide among those aged 10 to 14 has tripled from 0.9 to 2.9. From 2016 through 2021, the homicide rate doubled. The suicide rates for those aged 15 to 19 increased a whopping 57 percent from 2009 through 2019, from 7.5 to 11.8 per 100,000. Through 2021, this trend did not change significantly. Through 2021, homicide increased by 91 percent among this age group, showing that homicide surpassed suicide rates contrary to the other way around through 2019. 

For young people aged 20 to 24, suicide increased 63 percent from 11.9 to 19.4 per 100,000 people from 2001 to 2021. While the homicide rate reportedly remained stable in 2021, it increased 49 percent in 2020. Suicide and homicide were, respectively, the second and third leading causes of death in 2021, the CDC reported. Injury is the number one leading cause of death. 

Lead author Sally Curtin, a statistician at CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, said that guns were used most in both suicides and homicides, noting that the latter most of the time is related to drugs and occurs in urban areas. But she added that “both types of violence are important.” 

More than 800 children aged 17 and younger have died in shootings this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The data is reportedly used by Democrats and the Biden administration to justify calls for tighter gun control laws, however, a report released last year from the right-wing Heritage Foundation found that most crime occurs within Democratic cities. The claim that red states have higher murder rates has also been opposed.  

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