- In 2020, there were an estimated 10,514 suicide deaths among adolescents aged 15-19 years old worldwide.
- This means that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among adolescents worldwide.
- The suicide rate among adolescents is highest in the Eastern Mediterranean (7.4 deaths per 100,000 adolescents) and lowest in the Americas (3.2 deaths per 100,000 adolescents).
- Boys are more likely to die by suicide than girls, with a male-to-female ratio of 1.5:1.
- The highest suicide rates among adolescents are seen in high-income countries, such as the United States, Canada, and Australia.
- However, suicide rates are also rising in low- and middle-income countries, such as India and China.
It is important to note that these are just statistics, and they do not tell the whole story of suicide among teenagers. Every suicide is a tragedy, and it is important to remember that each individual who dies by suicide is a unique person with their own story.
If you are a teenager who is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please reach out for help. There are many resources available to you, including:
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- The Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
- The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
- The Jed Foundation: https://www.jedfoundation.org/
You are not alone, and there is help available. Please reach out for help if you are struggling.