Suicide Became the Second Leading Cause of Death for Young People in 2016. We Don’t Know Why

The number of young Americans and adolescents contemplating or attempting suicide rose sharply between 2008 and 2015, according to an analysis of hospital data published in the journal Pediatrics. The troubling increase disproportionately affects girls, and suicidal thoughts and attempts are more likely to occur during the school year.

Encounters for [suicidal ideas and suicide attempts] at U.S. children's hospitals increased steadily from 2008 to 2015 and accounted for an increasing...

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