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Augusta, ME: "Alarming trends" in U.S. young people's suicide rate; linked to "trauma"

June 10, 2019, Augusta (ME) Morning Sentinel: Maine Voices: Alarming trends in youth suicide demand attention—The causes of suicide for children younger than 10 have not been adequately studied, but warning signs have been identified We are writing to bring public attention to youth suicide. Suicide is a problem throughout our life span in America. Between 2008- 2014, suicide was identified as the second leading cause of death for people 10 to 34 years of age in the U.S. The highest rates reported across the life span are occurring among non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Native and non-Hispanic White populations. Sexual minority youth can bear a large burden as well, and experience increased suicidal ideation and behavior compared to their non-LGBT peers. There is also evidence that shows an increased risk of suicide among youth and children experiencing a trauma who consequently present with depression and anxiety…. Medical professionals and researchers in the U.S. have noted alarming increases in the last decade – deaths more than doubled from 2008 to 2016 – and rising numbers of young children are now visiting emergency departments for suicidal thoughts and attempts. The reasons for the increases are unclear. Few researchers have examined suicide before age 10, so less is known about suicidal thinking and behavior in young children. … Children who have disabilities or differences in learning, sexual/gender identity or culture are often most vulnerable to being bullied. …


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