New statistics show teenage depression and suicide rising at an alarming rate
The sharp increase in teen depression and suicide happened when the internet, social media, and gadgets became readily available around 2010. A decade after, statistics show the grim reality of how knowledge and technology affect how we think, but not in a positive way.
Boys are more likely to commit suicide than girls
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) says that men commit suicide at least three times more than women.
On average, there are 130 suicides per day in the USA, ranking 9th among countries with high suicide rates. Japan ranks 11th, but South Korea ranks first.
Teenagers to young adults are the most vulnerable
According to the CDC Youth Behavior Survey, 32% of high school students experienced persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, and 17% seriously considered suicide.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the USA, according to NIMH statistics.
First, it was Japan and South Korea; now, the Philippines struggles with depression and suicide among young people
In the Philippines, depression that ended in suicide spiked by 25% in 2020, according to PSA. The fact is, more are seeking psychiatric help, mainly in developing countries.
Depression first came to light among netizens when a promising GMA News TV news producer, Joseph Ubalde, killed himself despite a promising career and a family who loved him.