“According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), suicide is the third leading cause of death among Americans aged 15 to 24, with the highest overall rate of suicide being in adults aged 40 to 59.”
(Gwendolyn Sims – PJ Media) As the Stanford community, the women’s soccer world, and friends and family of Stanford soccer star Katie Meyer grapple with the inexplicable news of her self-inflicted death, the incident has coincidentally dragged into the light America’s next urgent public health crisis. Suicide — especially among young people — is poised to approach epidemic levels in post-pandemic America.
Regardless of which data set is used, suicide rates are high on the list of causes of death in America. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), in 2019, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming over 47,500 lives. It was also the second leading cause of death of individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death of Americans between the ages of 35 and 44.
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