Suicide rates among teen girls hit all-time high
Experts with the Johnson Center Crisis Center say it’s hard to measure why exactly there’s been a rise in suicide rates, there could be a lot of different reasons.
They say it could have something to do with the recession in the late 2000s with financial difficulties creating a lasting impact of tension and stress on families.
Another big factor they’re looking into for suicide rates going up could be popular television shows like 13 Reasons Why and social media.
“When you take that and you put it on social media where people see people’s reactions to suicide and their own suicide thoughts a lot more than they used to, we can see that social media is kind of a driving force for people starting to act on their suicide,” says Beau Pinkham, Crisis Intervention Coordinator at the Johnson Center Crisis Center.
Pinkham says shows like 13 Reasons Why, a series which ends with a teenage girl killing herself could create copycat suicides.
“If you depict a suicide in such graphic terms like that, there are going to be consequences, and so we at the crisis intervention center, world suicide prevention are kind of left to pick up the pieces of those consequences and say you know there is hope for you, you don’t have to go down this route ,” says Pinkham.
Others factor they’re looking into for the rise in suicide rates is substance abuse, exposure to violence and bullying.
But even though the suicide rates for teen girls have gone up, the number of suicides among teen boys is still higher.
While suicide rates doubled for girls, it increased by 30 percent for boys.
Experts at the Johnson county Crisis Center help at risk teenagers and they say some of the warning signs for people contemplating suicide could be suffering from depression or talking about death or dying of if people are not doing activities they used to do.
The Crisis Center says they are here to help.
If you’re dealing with thoughts of suicide, you can reach out to them at 319-351-0140.
They have a 24-hour Crisis hot line.