The American Psychological Association (APA) gave the following report September 7, 2001:
The suicide rate for teens and young adults has been increasing dramatically in the past 20 years, and certain ethnic groups are at a particularly high risk. According to the Surgeon General's report, from 1980 to 1996, the suicide rate among youth aged 10-14 increased by 100 percent, and among African Americans aged 15-19, the rate has increased by 105 percent (Peters, Kochanek & Murphy, 1998). Between 1952 and 1995, the incidence of suicide among adolescents and young adults has nearly tripled, and suicide is now the third leading cause of death for people aged 15-24, with most instances being firearm-related (Koop & Lundberg, 1992). The suicide rate for American Indian/Alaska Natives aged 10-19 is 25 to 28 per 100,000 and is the highest suicide rate among all ethnic groups. In addition to the increased risk factors for ethnic groups, there is also evidence that gay, lesbian, and bisexual teens are also at a high risk for suicide. In fact, suicide is the number one cause of death for gay teens.