Treatment for young people suffering from mental illness is also woefully underfunded, while hundreds of billions are squandered on war.
Behind these figures stand thousands of fractured families struggling to deal with the tragic deaths of their young family members.
Teenagers committing suicide are likely to have a history of depression, a previous suicide attempt and a family history of psychiatric disorders.
An often-cited counter to the point about the United States’ high rates of gun homicides is that people in other countries kill one another at the same rate using different types of weapons. Compared to other countries with similar levels of development or socioeconomic status, the United States has exceptional homicide rates, and it’s driven by gun violence. Access the data visualization here: In a 2013 article for The Atlantic online that compared gun deaths in U. cities to some of the deadliest places in the world, the authors created a map, below, that shows Atlanta has the same gun murder rate as South Africa, Detroit as El Salvador, Phoenix equal to Mexico’s gun homicide rate: The Atlantic Another screen grab, below, compares gun homicide rates in the U. with countries that frequently make headlines for conflict-related violence (Afghanistan, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Pakistan). One inspiring example comes from Cali, Colombia, and highlights the value of using data to identify risk factors for homicide.
rates aren’t much lower than gun homicide rates in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (5.2 deaths per 100,000 people). Firearm homicide rates in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United States and Pakistan, 2010 Compared to certain countries known for their high crime rates, such as Jamaica, Russia, South Africa and Kenya, the U. had the second-highest rate of gun homicide deaths after Jamaica (view data online). The following screen grab indicates that El Salvador, Colombia and Honduras had the highest rates of firearm homicides in the world in 2010. After a mass shooting that killed 35 people in Australia in 1996, the conservative government enacted laws banning automatic and semi-automatic rifles and pump-action guns and initiated a nationwide gun-buyback program, as described in this NBC News article.
A new analysis reveals that the suicide rate among teenage girls in the United States reached a 40-year high in 2015.
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that between 20 the suicide rate among girls aged 15-19 doubled, while it tripled for younger girls, aged 12-14.
Tom Simon, an author of the CDC report, told CNN: “One of the factors that people have talked about as a potential contributor to the trend is the economic downturn that we saw in 2007-2009.
As economic problems go up, suicide rates go up.”The financial crisis, which the Obama administration declared over by mid-2009, has inflicted economic hardships on millions of US families that persist to this day.
The effects on teenagers and their family members have been myriad: unemployment, poverty and hunger, student debt, unpaid medical bills, homelessness.