Suicide fact of the day

Glen Whitman reports:

I went back to the original data source (imagine that!) and found that the stereotype is dead wrong: suicide rates are notably lower for teenagers than adults…Suicide rates do rise throughout the teen years, but they plateau at about age 20 and remain flat throughout the years 20 to 65. Then they jump again for the 65+ demographic.

In case you’re wondering, teen suicide rates have not been rising, either. They’ve been in decline since the late 1980s.

Yet these teens still take the most risks.


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