Ohio State U: Nearly 5,500 young people committed suicide in 2015, according to the CDC

Nov 29, 2017, Ohio State University, The Lantern: Suicide rates rise steadily among young people, stigma remains largely unaddressed Laura Lewis, the assistant director of Ohio State’s Suicide Prevention Program, said the number of suicides at Ohio State last year is not necessarily off track given national statistics. The fact that Ohio State hasn’t seen enormous spikes in suicide statistics is at least a sign that prevention programs are doing something right, she said. … Though last year’s increase in suicides is jarring, nationwide statistics are far more alarming. In 2011, death by suicide rose from the third- to the second-leading cause of death among 15-to-24-year-olds, behind unintentional injury, according to data tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To this day, it is still the second-leading cause of death for that age group. In the United States, it is the 10th-leading cause of death for all ages. Nearly 5,500 people ages 15 to 24 died by suicide in 2015, according to a CDC report.