Suicides increasing amongst Swedish youth

Over 1,500 people took their own lives in Sweden in 2017, 149 of whom were between the ages of 15 and 24.
Each year, researchers at the National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention of Mental Ill-Health (NASP) at Karolinska Institutet (KI) take a close look at the suicide statistics from Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare. This year, they found a worrying trend. Suicide amongst 15 to 24-year-olds has increased since the 1990s.

Although the figures don’t show a massive change, there is nonetheless cause for concern.

“If there is an increasing trend, it is an important signal that things are developing in the wrong direction,” KI researcher Gergö Hadlaczky said.

“We now have enough data to analyze trends and we’ve found a small but significant increase among young people’s suicides from around 1994 to 2017. The increase is just under one percent per year,” Hadlaczky continued.

Although one percent per year may not sound like a big jump, he called the increase “serious”.