Data shows potential effects of social media on teens' mental health

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Social media may be taking a toll on teens' mental health.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates for teens rose between 2010 and 2015 after declining for nearly two decades.

The recent study - involving about half a million teens - suggests that one factor could be rising social media use.

Experts at the Long Island Crisis Center in Bellmore say that while social media may be a factor in suicide, they say it is never a cause. 

"I'm a little surprised that they would link anything directly to suicide because it is so cumulative," Laura Campbell says. "The way there's a rise in social media - there's a rise in academic stress, there's a rise of stress in getting into colleges, there's a rise in difficulties at home, there's a rise in relationship issues."

The researchers did not examine circumstances surrounding individual suicides.

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