The Coastal Packet: Suicide rate for Maine children up

Wednesday, April 12

Suicide rate for Maine children up

Maine Public Broadcating - Maine’s child and teen suicide rate increased 30 percent from 2012 to 2014, according to the Maine Children’s Alliance’s annual Kids Count Data Book released Tuesday. Executive Director Claire Berkowitz says the current rate is nearly 7 suicides per 100,000 deaths for kids ages 10-19. “And the national rate is 5.4, so we’re significantly higher than the national rate,” she says.

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