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When it comes to teen suicide, statistics make it clear that attempted suicide is a big deal as it relates to young adults. Additionally, suicide is one of the leading causes of death for teenagers. Even though we do not hear a great deal about teen suicide, it is a very real problem, causing the deaths of thousands of teenagers across the country each year.
Teen suicide statistics draw a correlation between gender and suicide. It is interesting to note that there are some very clear indications that suicide is different for males and females, attempted and completed suicides alike. For example, males are four times more likely to die from suicide than females. However, teen girls are more likely than teen boys to attempt suicide. So, even though teenage girls make more attempts on their own lives than teenage boys, the boys are more likely to actually complete a suicide attempt. Boys do not allow for intervention, and are less likely to “call for help” through a suicide attempt, since there is often little opportunity to get males into treatment since their suicide completion rate is higher than that of females.
Men die by suicide 3.5x more often than women.
White males accounted for 7 of 10 suicides in 2014.
The rate of suicide is highest in middle age — white men in particular.
-American Foundation for Suicide Prevention http://afsp.org/about-suicide/suicide-statistics/