Suicides Under Age 13: One Every 5 Days

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From CNN: From 1999 to 2015, 1,309 children ages 5 to 12 died by suicide in the U.S. That means that on average, one child under age 13 died of suicide nearly every five days over those 17 years.

“That study examined suicides in 17 states from 2003 to 2012, and broke down the factors among ages 5-11 and 12-14.

Relationship problems — such as arguments or other issues with friends and relatives — were the most common factor for both groups. Given their ages, the problems, naturally, were more likely to involve boyfriend/girlfriend issues in the older group.

Documented mental health problems were equally prevalent in both groups (about 33%). But differences in the types of mental issues were intriguing.

Attention-deficit disorder was more common in the 5-11 group, whereas the 12-14 set was more likely to have had been diagnosed with depression, lead study author Arielle Sheftall said.”

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