February 14, 2023
Mental Health | Tea Leaves
  • After two consecutive years of declines, suicide rates in the United States increased in 2021, nearly matching the record high from 2018. There were 48,183 deaths by suicide in 2021, after 45,979 in 2020 and 47,511 in 2019, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Increased suicide rates among younger Black Americans ages 10 to 24, which went up by approximately 36 percent, raised “particular concern,” the CDC said. (Article here)
  • Teen girls are experiencing record-high levels of sadness and violence, according to a new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Results from the 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey show startling trends, with nearly 3 in 5 teen girls (57 percent) saying they felt “persistently sad or hopeless.” That’s the highest rate in a decade. And 30 percent said they have seriously considered dying by suicide — a percentage that’s risen by nearly 60 percent over the past 10 years. The findings also revealed sexual violence among teen girls has increased 20 percent between 2017 through 2021. (Articles here, here, here, here, and here)