A new analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the rate of suicide among teenage girls hit a 40-year high in 2015.
Between 2007 and 2015, suicide rates for teenage boys and young men increased by over 30 percent and doubled among girls.
Struggles with suicidal ideation is something that Za’Kiyyah Abdullah Whitfield knows all too well.
Whitfield told ABC6 that she endured bullying for years because she is Muslim — and that the torment she endured worsened her depression and anxiety.
To cope with those emotions, the 17-year-old said she “started cutting and burning” herself.
“It made me feel like I could take the pressure head on, and I could just come home and do that later,” she said. “So, it felt like my comfort zone.”
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