A new report shows that since 2007 there have been more suicide deaths when it comes to children. The number of kids that are aged between 10 and 14 who have committed suicide is now double than it was 9 years ago.
The Numbers Are Concerning
The rate of suicide deaths among kids has been even bigger than the rate of car crash deaths. This is because the rate of car crash deaths has been declining in the last 17 years with more than 57%. In 1999 there were more than 4.5 car crash deaths per 100,000 kids in the US. In 2014 the number declined to 1.2 per 100,000 infants.
On the other hand, suicide deaths have been rising since 1999 and now the rate is even bigger. In 2007 there were 0.9 deaths per 100,000 children and now the number is more than double. In 2014 the authorities registered 2.1 deaths out of 100,000.
In 2014 there have been 425 suicide deaths in the US, and less than 385 deaths were caused by car crashes.
Doctors and professors are concerned about this rate because it conveys the idea that more and more children aren’t finding other solutions than commiting suicide. Psychologists believe that it is not only children’s fault. They think that, while teenagers might be affected by depression and mood swings, kids are affected by the lack of attention. Children suffer when their parents don’t pay enough attention to them and this is why some of them even decide to end their lives.
How to prevent the rate of suicide deaths from rising even more?
Doctors now believe that they should approach this topic even with smaller children, not only with teenagers, because kids need to know how to act when they have suicidal thoughts. Pediatricians also advise parents to keep an eye on children who seem more irritated or sad because these might be the first signs. Parents and guardians should pay attention to kids that isolate themselves from their friends.
If children start to act differently than normal or if they say they would like to be dead, parents should offer advice and take them to a specialist that can help them get pass the hard period. All in all, parents are the ones that need to make more efforts in order to monitor and help their children.
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