Of college students and suicide

Suicide second-leading cause of death for those under 25 years old

Suicide was the second-leading cause of death among college-age Americans in 2009, according to new data.

Statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that more than 4,300 Americans under 25 years old took their own lives in 2009, making suicide the second-leading cause of death for that age group behind accidents like drug and alcohol overdoses and vehicle collisions, according to an American Counseling Association press release. Many experts have noted college students are extremely hesitant to seek mental-health counseling.

Further, a 2012 study conducted by the American College Counseling Association found that, of students seeking counseling services, more than 37 percent suffered from severe psychological problems, double the rate recorded in 2000.