Teen girls’ suicide rate just hit an all-time high
The statistics are staggering
by Una Dabiero
According to new data from the National Center for Health Statistics, the suicide rate of girls between 15-19 has hit an all-time high since the study began in 1975.
In 2015, 5.1 girls in every 100,000 committed suicide, meaning the frequency of suicide more than double since 2007. However, it’s inconclusive whether this is an established pattern of decline or an anomaly.
Carl Tishler, an adjunct associate professor of psychology and psychiatry at The Ohio State University, told CNN “Without access to emergency department data or coroner data, I cannot say what caused this blip.” However, he speculates such a high rate could be caused by “some of the opiate or heroin overdoses in adolescents being interpreted by emergency departments as suicides. There may be more Internet suicides.”
Social media has been blamed for increased rates of depression in teens, so increased internet use seems like a safe speculation.
With suicide rates increasing, an increased societal awareness of depression symptoms is critical.
If you or a loved one are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Oregon passes bill giving women access to free abortions, birth control and all reproductive care
It also protects women if the ACA is replaced or Roe v. Wade is overturned
by Sierra Rehm
A bill signed into law yesterday gives all women in Oregon, documented and undocumented, insured and uninsured, access to reproductive care at little to no cost. Insurance companies are now required to cover everything from abortion, birth control, STI and pregnancy tests, sterilization procedures, postpartum care, and the many more related drugs and procedures. The Reproductive…
Here’s what you should do as an ally in the wake of Charlottesville
If you’re asking ‘what next?’, this is the answer
by Peyton Dix
This weekend a group of white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia to 'Unite the Right'. The rally began as a response to the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue and ended with a car plowing into counter-protestors, 19 injuries, and the death of activist, Heather D. Heyer. They came bearing confederate flags, burning tiki…
Everything you need to know about the disappearance of Natalee Holloway
She’s been missing for 12 years
by Caroline Phinney
Natalee Holloway, 18 at the time of her disappearance, has been missing for 12 years. This Saturday, August 19th, the questions surrounding her case will surface again. On May 30, 2005, the Alabama resident was finishing off a night of celebrating her high school graduation with classmates in Aruba, when she vanished. Since, she’s been neither…