CDC: Suicide Rate For US Girls, Young Women Rising Faster Than For Young Males

The AP (3/6, Stobbe) relays that a report released March 5 by the CDC reveals that “the suicide rate for girls and young women in the US continues to rise, at a pace far faster than for young males.” The reason for the steady increase in female suicides remains unclear, but “one expert said it may be because more girls and young women are hanging themselves or using other forms of suffocation.”

The NBC News (3/6, Fox) website reports that CDC researchers, led by suicide expert Thomas Simon, PhD, found that “during 1994-2012, suicide rates by suffocation increased, on average, by 6.7 percent and 2.2 percent annually for females and males, respectively,” they wrote in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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— “REPORT: SUICIDES BY GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN CONTINUE TO CLIMB,” Mike Stobbe, Associated Press, March 5, 2015.

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