NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -A doctor with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says an average of 16 young Americans take their own lives every day.
A brand new study of teen suicides shows alarming numbers, especially for girls.
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says girls, especially between the ages of 15 and 19, are not getting the help they need.
The rate of suicide in that group has doubled in eight years from 260 to 524. For boys, the rate jumped 31 percent.
More teenage girls killed themselves in 2015 than any other year in the last four decades.
Experts say there is no single cause but point to the overwhelming prevalence of social media and cyber bullying as factors.
Girls can also face some particular issues, such as early puberty.
A recent depiction of teenage suicide on television has coincided with an increase of internet searches about suicide.
Dr. Christine Moutier says the first thing parents can do is to become knowledgeable about mental health and how to talk to their teenagers.
"Any hints of extremely pain, overwhelming pain, trapped, hopelessness or being a burden -- any of that kind of talk are very important to pay attention to," Moutier said.
Below are some tips for parents:
The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK.
1908 Grand Avenue, Wausau, WI 54403
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