New report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), revealed shocking statistics. As per the report the suicide rate among people aged 10 to 24 increased 56% between 2007 and 2017.
The increase in youth suicide has also sped up recently, according to the report. Between 2007 and 2013, the suicide rate for young people grew at an average of 3% per year; between 2013 to 2017, that number shot up to 7% per year.
For children aged 10 to 14, the suicide rate tripled between 2007 to 2017 after years of decline.For teens between 15 and 19, the rate increased by 76% in that same time period.
Suicide was the second-leading cause of death for people aged 10 to 24 in 2017.
The new data suggests Gen Z, or the generation of Americans born during 1997 onward, might be seeing a mental health crisis even worse than that faced by the older millennial generation.
Since 2014, millennials (or people who turned 23 to 38 in 2019) have seen a 47% increase in major-depression diagnoses. “Deaths of despair,” or dying from suicide, alcohol, and drugs, increased in the millennial population in the last 10 years, and they are more likely to report feeling lonely than other generations.
For Gen Z, the mental illness crisis continues. In 2017, 13% of teens reported having experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year, Pew Research Center reported. In 2007, when more millennials were teens, that number was just 8%.
According to the report social media might be fueling the increase in mental illness, as Gen Z is the first truly digital generation. Pew Research Center found 45% of teens aged 13 to 17 said they use the internet “almost constantly.”
Over-use of social media can cause loneliness, depression, and anxiety, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America reported.