Teen suicide increasing in Utah at alarming rates

Growing up in Utah, and having some very emotional and near death episodes in my life, as well as burrying 15+ friends as well as my youngest brother Justin to suicide, all from Utah.   
As I follow the trends in Utah regarding teen suicide, is that the problem continueously gets worse.  

According to this article in the Salt Lake Tribune

The broad themes of what they found, according to their 140-page report released Thursday, confirmed what Utah health officials already knew: The state’s suicide rate among young adults ages 10 to 17 had more than doubled from 2011 to 2015. It had grown at an annual clip nearly four times faster than the national average.

As Utah’s youth suicide rates grows at an alarming pace, state could be doing more to combat the trend, new federal report says

The broad themes of what they found, according to their 140-page report released Thursday, confirmed what Utah health officials already knew: The state’s suicide rate among young adults ages 10 to 17 had more than doubled from 2011 to 2015. It had grown at an annual clip nearly four times faster than the national average.

In all, 150 youths died by suicide over the five-year period.

 

More data from the recent research;

https://ibis.health.utah.gov/indicator/complete_profile/SuicDth.html

From 2013 to 2015, Utah’s age-adjusted suicide rate was 21.1 per 100,000 persons. This is an average of 578 suicides per year. Utah has one of the highest age-adjusted suicide rates in the U.S. 

In 2015, suicide was the leading cause of death for Utahns ages 10 to 17. It is the second leading cause of death for ages 18 to 24 and 25 to 44 and the fourth-leading cause of death for ages 45-64. Overall, suicide is the seventh-leading cause of death for Utahns ages 10+.

Completed suicides are only part of the problem. More people are hospitalized or treated in an emergency room for suicide attempts than are fatally injured. In 2014, 13 Utahns were treated for self-inflicted injuries every day (3,280 emergency department visits and 1,294 hospitalizations).

Utah Suicide Rate Demographics

Utah Suicide Rate Demographics


I am currently visiting the Netherlands.  While the suicide rates are high, suicide is far less likely in Netherlands vs. Utah.

Ref;

In the age group 10 to 40 years, suicide is the most common cause of death, closely followed by cancer. Groningen has the highest suicide rate in the Netherlands. 14.7 people per 100 thousand inhabitants in the province committed suicide last year. Zuid-Holland was the lowest with 9.4.Jun 28, 2017

Suicide cases rising in Netherlands | NL Times

I wanted to point out what I see as a major contrast.

From a recent article in The Deseret News, 

The Lone Peak story: What you didn’t know about affluence and teen suicide

Kids I talked to at Lone Peak told me that while they often felt stressed, and figured most of their friends did too, they rarely talked about it.

This is worrisome to researchers like Luthar. In other affluent communities, kids often turn to substance abuse to deal with pressure. But in a tightly knit religious community where substance abuse would only bring more guilt and shame, kids tend to internalize the pressure more, and deal with it in other unhealthy ways — eating disorders, cutting, and in the most extreme cases, suicide.

I wonder if the decriminalization of cannabis and other substances in the Netherands is why their depression and suicide rates are much lower than Utah.  Just a thought.

These are references to studies showing that decriminalizing cannabis and other natural plants, and also using them for medical treatment has been effective for treating drug addiction to opiates as well as treating addiction to some stimulants.

This is a dedication to my brother, who took his life 16 years ago.
www.Justin-Thompson.com

Justin Jared Thompson

Justin Jared Thompson

It’s important to be there for those who we love, some times it’s impossible to reach out for help. 

My brother Justin asked me to smoke a joint with him before he died.  I declined, and gave him his weed back.   I wish I had rolled it up and smoked it with him.   It will always be a regret of mine. 

More information on this problem in Utah;

http://justin-thompson.com/depression-and-teenage-suicide-in-utah/

Help with suicidal thoughts;
 https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

800-273-8255

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