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Suicide rates among college athletes have doubled, study finds

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CNN reports that suicide rates among people in the US have risen over the last twenty years, becoming a significant public health issue. A recent study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine reveals that suicide is now the second leading cause of death for college athletes, following accidents. The study found that suicide rates among college athletes have doubled from 7.6% to 15.3% in the past two decades. Both male and female athletes are susceptible to mental health concerns, dispelling the misconception that collegiate athletes are more protected from such issues. More effective screening methods, prevention strategies, and support systems for student-athletes are needed.