WHO releases latest teen death stats

The study found traffic accidents, HIV/Aids & suicide are the top three causes of adolescent deaths.

World Health Organisation scientist Jane Ferguson has expressed concern that globally, adolescent health issues have been largely overlooked and neglected. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday said traffic accidents, HIV/Aids and suicide are the top three causes of adolescent deaths globally.

A new report indicates 1,3 million teens died due to these three factors in 2012.

WHO scientist Jane Ferguson expressed concern that adolescent health issues have been largely overlooked and neglected globally.

Research indicates one of the biggest causes of deaths in the 10 - 19-year-old age group is depression, which often leads to suicide.

Ferguson says parents and caregivers need to be acutely aware of mental well-being, as the first symptoms are displayed at around the age of 14.

"Many of these young people who are troubled by depression are taking their own lives."