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Teen suicide attempts have increased with more layoffs


Even though a handful of new billionaires has emerged in the United States due to the high tech revolution the financial future doesn't always appear very promising for a lot of bright young people. As a matter of fact massive layoffs have been associated with increased teen suicide attempts reported Science Daily on Aug. 14, 2014. New research says massive layoffs have triggered increased suicide attempts and other suicide associated behaviors among some teenagers, particularly black teens.

Researchers have investigated the impact which job loss on adolescent suicide associated behaviors reports the American Journal of Public Health. It was observed job losses during the year prior to the study increased girls’ probability of suicidal ideation and suicide plans. Non-Hispanic Black adolescents’ probability of suicidal ideation, suicide plans, and suicide attempts also increased. The researchers concluded that as with adults, adolescents are seriously affected by economic downturns.

Teen suicide plans are increased by mass layoffs reports Duke University. Lead author of the study Anna Gassman-Pines says that when 1 percent of a state’s working population lost jobs, suicide associated behaviors increased by 2 to 3 percentage points among girls and black adolescents during the following year. In girls thoughts of suicide and suicide plans increased. In black teens it was observed that thoughts of suicide, suicide plans and suicide attempts all increased.

Gassman-Pines, who teaches public policy at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, says that with job loss there may be an unanticipated shock to an entire community. It has been known that suicide increases among adults when widespread layoffs hit communities. This new research offers evidence that teenagers are similarly affected.

In view of the fact that suicide is the third most common cause of death among American kids ages 10 to 24, and causes 4,600 deaths annually, suicide is a serious concern among our youth and elderly alike. This makes it appear as if neglect in dealing responsibly with the financial needs of people is often no different than manslaughter or murder in the first degree.