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    Source: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/0...?intcmp=hplnws


    Grim headlines, hard data show suicides on rise among teens nationally
    By Cristina Corbin Published February 04, 2016 FoxNews.com

    The recent suicides of two girls from the same Texas high school were among the latest such tragic deaths to shake a disbelieving community, and underscored what experts say is a troubling national trend...

    ......Their deaths as well as other recent teen suicides to make national headlines -- from Westport, Conn., to Omaha, Neb., -- are part of a steady rise in self-inflicted deaths among young people, ages 10 to 24, since 2007, according to health officials.

    "We are seeing significant increases in suicide for those ages," Dr. Thomas Simon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's suicide expert, told FoxNews.com. "When you go back to 2007, the rates in that age group have gone up every year."

    According to the CDC, 5,504 people ages 10 to 24 died by suicide in 2014, the most recent year in which statistics are available.

    The figure was up from the grim 2013 tally of 5,264, and the number has risen every year and up 13 percent from 2010. Experts are braced for official 2014 and 2015 statistics to show a continued upward trajectory...
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