Why are Young Girls Killing Themselves?     June 18, 2018

The CDC’s report that America is killing itself at a much faster rate than in the past is even more disturbing than the headlines indicate. The report shows that the suicide rate jumped 30% between 2000 and 2016. It is now the second leading cause of death in the U.S. for all Americans between the ages of 10 to 34. That’s bad enough. What’s even worse is that the self-inflicted death rate among females jumped by 50%, with much of the rise occurring in young teen girls. The suicide rate among young teen girls is now nearly triple what it was in 2000. We know that suicide is a result of profound mental health problems brought on by the emotional senses of being lost, worthless, hopeless, depressed, unwanted, unneeded, incapable, and guilt-ridden. But rather than address these profound mental health issues head on, we embrace them. For example, we believe that “gender dysphoria” should be treated as a medical issue requiring “sex reassignment surgery” and “puberty blockers,” rather than calling it what it is: mental illness. Quite clearly, the systemic process of normalizing mental illness does not help society, and it most certainly is not helping our young girls.