The Suicide Rate For Young Adults Essay

1523 Words Dec 9th, 2015 7 Pages
Everyone acknowledges the misfortune of developing cancer or heart disease or even being born with a birth defect, but there is much larger problem that is the second leading cause of death for people 10 to 24 years of age, suicide; which is being dubbed the “silent epidemic” (The Jason Foundation). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the only cause of death for young adults in America more prominent than suicide is unintentional injury, which includes car crashes, falls, and sports related traumatic brain injuries (CDC). In 2013, the suicide rate for young adults was 10,900, which has steadily increased since 2006 (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention). This means approximately 210 young people ended their own life each week. In just 7 to 12 grade alone there are over 5,400 attempts each day (The Jason Foundation). For the 10 to 24 range, 1 in 13 have attempted suicide. The United States Census Bureau found that the average American family has about two children, therefore, a parent has a 15% chance of one of their children attempting suicide. At Hamline, there are currently 2,242 undergraduates, so its likely that at least 172 of these students have attempted suicide. Suicide knows no bounds as to who chooses to attempt or commit the life ending act. This cause of death is seen in people of all ages, gender, and races. Other than children less than age 14, the 15 to 24-year-old range has the lowest suicide rate, while 45 to 64 and 85+ having…

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