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Teenage suicide reaches alarming rate

by Mandla Ndlovu
19 Jun 2019 at 11:23hrs | Views
A United States of America study has revealed that suicide rates among young people globally have reached the highest levels since year 2000.

Oren Miron, the study's lead author and a research associate in biomedical informatics at Harvard Medical School said, "There was 21 percent rise in boys aged 15-19 dying by suicide in 2017 from the year before.

"Previous studies talked more of an increase in female suicide, but what we're showing is that rates among males are also increasing rapidly."

In Zimbabwe there has been numerous cases of suicide reported mainly among students in Universities.

The authorities have attributed the cases to depression.

The warning signs of depression and possible suicide ideation can be vague, especially during the teenage years, when it's often perfectly normal to go through phases of moodiness and withdrawal. And experts in the field say serious mental health problems can manifest themselves differently from person to person: anger in one person, chronic headaches in another, excessive crying in others.

Source - Byo24News/NBC