"Any rise (in youth suicides) should be of concern, there's no doubt," Mark Kaplan, a professor of social welfare at UCLA, told Reuters in a telephone interview. "In time we might uncover some reasons, but a cautionary note (is) not to rush to any conclusions from this," Kaplan said.
The underlying causes of suicide are highly complex, making it difficult to explain the trends documented by the CDC, he added.
"Kids spend a lot of time at school ... it's where they live their lives," David Jobes, who heads the Suicide Prevention Lab at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., told NPR. "Suicide prevention has been focused on schools for a long time because it's a place where kids are and where a lot of problems can manifest."
Jobes recommends resources from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention that are specific to schools and can assist educators.