Chronic Illness in Young People Linked to Higher Attempted Suicide Rates, Study Shows

Chronic Illness in Young People Linked to Higher Attempted Suicide Rates, Study Shows
Young people between 15 and 30 years of age who live with a chronic illness, such as an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), were found to be three times more likely to attempt suicide than their healthy peers, according to a new study conducted at the University of Waterloo. Titled “Suicidal Behaviour among Adolescents and Young Adults with Self-Reported Chronic Illness,” the study was published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. According to Statistics Canada, suicide is one of the leading causes of death for people of all ages. In 2009, it was the ninth leading cause of death in Canada. However, among those aged 15 to 34, suicide was the second leading cause of death, preceded only by unintentional accidents. Findings of this study suggest that, besides age, chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or Crohn’s disease also increase a young person’s odds of suicidal thoughts by 28 percent, and plans to die by suicide by 134 percent. In total, having a chronic condition was found to increase the odds of a suicide attempt by 363 percent. "Evidence suggests risk for suicide attempts is highest soon after young people are diagnosed with a chronic illness," Mark Ferro, a professor in Waterloo’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, said in a press release. "There is a critical window of opportunity for prevention and continued monitoring." Chronic illness was a
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