Surge in suicide attempts among young adults study reveals

Suicide attempts among young adults between the ages of 21 and 34 have risen alarmingly, a new study warns.

Among people over 21, the rate of suicide attempts rose 21.5 percent, increasing 'significantly' from 2004 to 2013.  

Suicide attempts are up across the board in the US, but young adults with lower education levels are at especially high risk. 

Deaths from suicide are on the rise as well, but not as dramatically as suicide attempts. 

Researchers from Columbia University think that economic and career instability may be leading more young adults to attempt suicide than ever. 

A new Columbia University study finds that young men and women with lower levels of education are at the greatest risk of attempting suicide 

A new Columbia University study finds that young men and women with lower levels of education are at the greatest risk of attempting suicide 

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry, surveyed 69,341 adults over the age of 21 through face to face interviews about thoughts of attempts at suicide.  

'We've known that young adults are at higher risk of suicide attempts, but completion rates are lower,' said Dr Mark Olfson, the study's lead author, 'but the trends are new.' 

He says that 'the recession may have hit this group especially hard,' as factors like lower family incomes and education levels cause 'psychological distress' and increase the likelihood that a young adult will attempt suicide.

'These are our millennials, who struggle with "transitional-based issues"' when joining (or trying to join) the work force,' says Dr Paul Lavella Jr, a psychologist and director of alumni services for Summit Behavioral Health. 

Signs for parents to watch out for

Titania Jordan of Bark.us says parents should pay particular attention to these signs that a teen may be suicidal: 

Grades dropping Depression or suicidal emotions expressed online via social media, email, text

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