A new study finds that while suicide rates among young Canadians has declined on average over almost three decades, albeit slowly, girls and young women are killing themselves at an increasing rate.
An article in the April 2 edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal noted suicide is the second leading cause of death for Canadians aged 10 to 19 years.
"Our results show that suicide rates in Canada are increasing among female children and adolescents and decreasing among male children and adolescents," authors Robin Skinner and Steven McFaull reported.
"Limiting access to lethal means has some potential to mitigate risk. However, suffocation, which has become the predominant method for committing suicide for these age groups, is not amenable to this type of primary prevention."
Suicide rates among girls aged 10 to 14 soared by 50 per cent from 1980 to 2008 but are still less than one per 100,000, according to the study, Postmedia News reported.
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