Suicide is a topic we seldom talk about perhaps because society has made the entire issue a big taboo. Every year thousands of suicide cases are reported and thousands of them are never really documented.
In one of the CDC report, the findings showed that the USA might be heading towards a suicide crisis. There are numerous causes of the aforementioned problem. Often chronic depression and stress become the foremost causes.
On a very unfortunate note, the teenage group is more likely to be the victim than anyone else. Tragically enough, a new study has shown that suicide rates in the US are highest for the Black teen population. The rates have been soaring for a considerably long time and now the group makes up the most significant proportion in the country.
It is a matter of utmost concern for most experts. They have emphasized the health authorities to draw their attention towards the issue.
Suicide Cases Rising Among Black Teens
The statistics considered the suicidal rates of the black teenage population from 2001 to 2017. The data of other communities living in the USA collected for accurate comparison.
During the 16 year research period, scientists observed the trend and recorded any explanations for the phenomena. Once the study concluded, the findings found that the suicide rates for the black teenage population massively increased.
Compared with all other communities, the difference was significantly higher. The trend held for both the female and the male teenage population.
For females (aged 13 to 19 years), an increase as high as 180% recorded from 2001 to 2017. The male group did not do any better although the percentage increase was lower than their female counterpart. The 16-year time period soared the suicidal cases by 60%, still much higher than the national average.
The regional differences showed that the state of Montana performed worst on the national suicide index soon to be followed by Alaska and Wyoming. The federal capital Washington DC had the lowest rate per 100,000 individuals.
Most suicide cases among the black teenage group manifested through the use of firearms. Suffocation was the second most common way.
Putting an End to the Crisis
There is a need to put a full stop at the ongoing suicide cases. While the Black community stands as the most vulnerable, the issue needs coverage for all those affected.
The first thing government can do in that regard it to improve mental health facilities for the population. The suicide helpline should be mainstreamed and promoted to save the lives of the victims. Additionally, therapy sessions at schools and colleges should be made affordable and accessible to all.
Parents on the other hand should also keep a check on their teenage children at all times. If their son or daughter exhibit suicidal tendencies, timely action should be taken. It is better to have them talk to you about any problem they might have whatsoever. If professional help is needed, sought that out in the best way possible.
Lastly, society as a whole should challenge the notion of suicide being a taboo topic. That requires a great sense of awareness among the communities and recognizing any possibility of mental disturbance.