Teen Suicide Among Girls is on the Rise

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 23rd Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3-4stiei/
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Teen suicide is on the rise especially in girls. There are several factors such as the choking game and cyber bullying which may be at the root of this social problem.


Montrealers are very concerned about the suicide rate in Canada for teen suicides. I alone has personally had a teenage suicide in the family and knows three other families who had the same thing happen to them.

Teen suicide is something psychologists and psychiatrists are looking at very careful. According a Canadian study, even though more males commit suicide over all (156 males) in 2008, more teenage girls are now committing suicide than ever before (77). The trend is rising in girls and actually going down among teenage boys.

The choking game

The Canadian Medical Association Journal quotes that the leading method for suicide among teens 10 – 19 is hanging. Normally, females tend to swallow pills but now hanging has taken over. This is in fact alarming. However, generally speaking the suicide rate among teens went down by one percent. Now guns and poison such as taking pills have gone down, and suffocation is on the rise.

Montrealers want to know why the suicide rates are up for teenage girls. One hypothesis is that Montreal and other Canadian girls are participating in the choking game where kids are playing a game to prevent the oxygen flow to the brain to get high and end up killing themselves in the process. These deaths are called suicides but the intention to commit suicide was never there.

Cyber bullying

We can’t overlook cyber bullying which was the reason for a young Montreal girl’s suicide last year. To make matters worse there are even websites and chatlines that promote suicide and even give instruction on how to do it.

Psychiatrist Dr. Laurence Kirmayer of McGill University in Montreal says that cyber suicide suicides will influence young teens and probably has caused the rise in suicides among girls.

He also says poverty and stressors can cause the elevation in the numbers as well.

"Understanding the impact of these larger social determinants on young people's identities, resilience and well-being may hold the key to further reductions in suicide in the years to come."

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author avatar onenow
24th Oct 2015 (#)

Auto-erotic asphyxiation has been on the increase for over 20 years. I was not aware that kids were also participating in this method of starving the brain of oxygen. It's pretty sad. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
26th Oct 2015 (#)

It is a terrible travesty that so many precious young lives are lost through suicide .
Many blessings Carol
Stella ><

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
3rd Nov 2015 (#)

What a waste of precious young lives due to cyberbully.

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