Summary: This article comments on the rise of teen suicide across America and in New Jersey where particular efforts have been undertaken to reduce bullying and improve school culture and climate. Despite these efforts, the suicide rate in New Jersey has continued to rise. Middle schoolers seem to be at particular risk.
Source: James M. O’Neill, Staff Writer, The Record, July 16, 2017
Categories: Anti-bullying, School Culture/Climate, Mental Health, Student Engagement
America is experiencing a striking rise in suicide among middle school students. The suicide rate among 10- to 14-year-olds doubled between 2007 and 2014, for the first time surpassing the death rate in that age group from car crashes. In 2014 alone, 425 middle schoolers nationwide took their own lives, including five in New Jersey….Researchers, educators and psychologists say several factors — increased pressure on students to achieve academically, more economic uncertainty, increased fear of terrorism and social media — are behind the rise in suicides among the young.
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