As the CDC points out, social media could be used as a tool to fight bullying, and would be used in this way under different social conditions.The violence of the US ruling elite must also be included in the experience of teenagers.

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The rate of young men aged 15-19 stood at 18.1 in every 100,000 people in 2015, compared to 10.8 percent in 2007.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents aged 15-19, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

AAP notes that psychosocial problems and stresses, “such as conflicts with parents, breakup of a relationship, school difficulties or failure, legal difficulties, social isolation, and physical ailments …

commonly are reported or observed in young people who attempt suicide.” Gay, bisexual and transgendered adolescents also exhibit high rates of depression and “have been reported to have rates of suicidal ideation and attempts three times higher than other adolescents.”Teenagers living through these problems will receive nothing but scorn and ridicule from the fascistic, misogynist psychopaths that currently occupy the White House.

A new analysis reveals that the suicide rate among teenage girls in the United States reached a 40-year high in 2015.

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that between 20 the suicide rate among girls aged 15-19 doubled, while it tripled for younger girls, aged 12-14.

And there is the massive US prison system that incarcerates 2.4 million people, overwhelmingly poor and working class.

From 2007 to 2015, the US states that continue to practice the death penalty have executed 365 death row prisoners.

Behind these figures stand thousands of fractured families struggling to deal with the tragic deaths of their young family members.

Teenagers committing suicide are likely to have a history of depression, a previous suicide attempt and a family history of psychiatric disorders.

The staggering new figures on teen suicide must be viewed alongside declining life expectancy, rising infant and maternal mortality, epidemic levels of opioid addiction and other societal ills as an expression of the inability of the capitalist system to meet the social and economic needs of young people and workers in the United States.