Grim report

Suicide is now the leading cause of death among teenage girls

Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

A new report from the World Health Organization has found that suicide is the leading cause of death for girls between the ages of 15 and 19 worldwide — outranking accidents, illnesses and complications from pregnancy (previously thought to be the number one killer of girls in this age group). Though suicide is first overall, there are important regional variations: suicide vastly outranks other causes of death in Europe, but in Africa, pregnancy and HIV are bigger killers. Africa is the only region where suicide is not among the top three causes of death for teenage girls.

Read the full story at The Telegraph.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *