Fifth of adolescents have suicidal thoughts or anxiety

22 July 2020

A global study has found that around one in five young people aged 12 to 17 experience thoughts of suicide or anxiety.

Researchers at the University of Queensland studied data from more than 275,000 teenagers across 82 countries of varying income.

The study, published in EClinicalMedicine, found those at most risk were older teenage girls from low-income backgrounds with no close friends.

‘Our study shows many adolescents around the world, irrespective of their country’s income status, experience suicidal thoughts and anxiety, but there is high variation between different continental regions,’ researchers said.

Teenagers with fewer peer and parental supports and higher levels of parental control were more at risk. 

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