Suicide is a prevalent cause of death among America’s youth today. Suicide of any kind is an act in which a person takes his or her own life. Suicide dates back to the middle ages where the Romans and Greeks had a relaxed perspective on the idea of suicide. Though, years later, Greek thinkers had better believe in not the moral grounds but rather the mathematical.
It was thought that there was only a finite number of souls for use in the world, and that the sudden and unexpected departure of one upset the worlds balance. The great Aristotle also condemned suicide believing that it robbed the community of the services of one of its members. By the 19th-century, the act of suicide had shifted from being viewed as caused by sin to being caused by insanity in Europe. The youngest known person to commit suicide was 6-year-old Samantha Kuberski from Oregon. After being sent to her room following a disagreement, the young girl tied a belt to a crib and hung herself. Today , suicide is mainly seen in the age group of adolescence.
Every day more than 1000 teenagers will think about suicide and about eighteen will be successful in committing. The average teen faces many emotional and physical problems everyday. Teenage suicide is caused from social or mental impacts that damage the person in a way where they believe would be better off dead.Until it is to late, many people wonder why they could not sense suicide in a teen. “8 out of 10 teens who kill themselves give warning to others.” Few suicides happen without some kind of warning but most teenagers who have attempted or committed suicide will leave several hints and warning signs along the way. Many teens are overwhelmed and struggle in asking for help.
According to Going Bonkers Magazine, ” Adolescence is difficult in the best of times. It’s doubly stressful for kids today; they’re experiencing the same worries and insecurities as adults in this troubled economy, and with far fewer coping skills.” The longer they continue to struggle emotionally, the greater the chance they will develop more serious problems like generalized anxiety disorder. An easily recognizable sign of teen suicide is physical changes. Changes in personality, eating habits, loss of appetite and low interest in personal appearance all detectable signs of struggle.
They no longer have any care or worries about themselves. Characteristics that are displayed in teens who struggle with the thought of suicide are very wide and can be seen as more then normal. They include, anger, withdrawal, and anxiety.
Sometimes teens argue just to argue. It allows them to let off steam and express their dislikes about life in general. Teenagers tend to react dramatically when things go wrong such as failing a test and getting into an argument with their friends.
Adults know from experience that these small problems are not the end of the world, but teens lack that perspective. It is normal for to be in a bad mood for a few days, but to dwell on the problem for more than two weeks indicates they’re struggling. Withdrawing from parents is normal but pulling away from friends is not. Sometimes, teens need a few days to pull away, even from friends. However, when appearing to isolate themselves for weeks or spending weekend after weekend alone in their room, they may be struggling with depression.Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide according to author J.
Peacock of Teen Suicide. ” We are seeing more teenagers suffering form depression… because of the economy and stimulation by technology”, says G.L. Jantz. Depression is a mental illness as well as a disorder of the brain. There are a variety of causes which can include biologically, genetics, stress and anxiety. Feeling depressed can cause people to feel less of them and make the questionable thought if life is worth living.
Personal situations or experiences such as childhood traumas can also lead to that thought. Many teens experience stress from school, parents, and loved ones. The competition to get into a good college can be a stressful time for teens. They force themselves to work harder, and push themselves in order to make their parents proud and every one around the. If a teenage has faced losing a loved one , no matter the type of death, they may feel alone.
Feeling alone can result in them not having anyone to turn to or prevent them from seeking help. Another reason as to why teens may refrain from seeking help is due to the feeling of embarrassment. Speaking out to a family member about having suicidal thoughts can make others want to know what is causing the feeling. Suicide can be caused from all types of abuse. Many teens face sexual, drug, and physical abuse and eventually become overwhelmed with the memories and can not live with themselves. In a sexual abuse situation or any other abusive situation, the victim generally feels ashamed of what had happened and may never want to relive the moments. Speaking up about any type of abuse is hard because of the way you may think society would look at you.
Social media is everywhere in society. Though it can be used as a beneficial way to communicate with others, some teens use it as a way to make others feel embarrased, weak, and bullied. According to Erika Brown at NASA, ” Cyberbullying involves the use of information and communication…to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm others.” Research shows that teen victims are often too afraid or embarrassed to speak up to parents or others about their bullying dilemma. Cyberbullying , which includes pictures, videos, gossip and foul language, brings damaging effects to their person of target as well as their recovery time. Unfortunately, many of these attacks go undiscovered for a long time. This extensive period of time can lead the victim into depression and more seriously, suicide which they believe is the only away to get away from it.
When things go bad, people find suicide as the answer to escape from society.Each suicide has a possibility of starting a chain and can act as a magnet for teens that might be in a similar situation. Based on the article, A Contagious Culture, ” By power and example, suicide can generate more suicides”.
Suicide is nothing new and is starting too be accepted in society. Allowing vulnerable people to commit instead of seeking help. Due to the complexity of youth suicide, there is not ‘right’ solution.
All around the world, there are prevention hot lines available 24 hours a day to help those who want to turn to suicide as an answer. There is always someone to reason with and the opportunity to be heard. There is a real person on the other end of the phone line with you and is connected with you in your moment of loneness. If it is preferred to talk face to face with the person, therapy is also an option. For teens, group therapy is usually recommended. Discussing suicide in an open manner is another helpful strategy where teens receive the chance to talk about why want to decide to turn to suicide by voicing their thoughts and opinions.
The ability to hear the stories of other teen with the similar thought of suicide can make them realize their situation is not extreme compared to others. It is also a great opportunity to meet new people which takes away the feeling of being alone.In addition to the hotline, there are prevention programs available for assistance. The Signs of Suicide is the first in school based prevention program that demonstrates significant reductions in attempted suicides by using a experimental design.
With the S.O.S., there are two different prevention strategies combined in order to raise awareness of spice and related issues with the availability of getting screened for depression as well as other risk factors thats are causes of suicide.P.G. Norman states, “.
..Although the SOS program was successful in reducing suicide attempts, it did not significantly affect suicidal ideation or help-seeking behaviors.”.
In the program, kids are taught to recognize the signs of suicide in not only themselves but others around them. Today, it is important for teens to acknowledge the signs of suicide that others display and take them seriously. To provide them with care and show that they want to help is taking a step toward the prevention of suicide. Life is notoriously known for giving teens a lot of pressures and responsibilities that they must face every day. Being an adolescence can really be a period of agitation. There are many expectations to live up to, and if they were to fail, the fear of disappointing their parents and others. Acquiring the knowledge of being able to conquer feelings of stress, disappointment and self-doubt is part of growing up.
For some teens, however, these feelings become overwhelming and their thoughts turn to suicide. It can be brought upon by various risk factors and can be prevented by noticing early signs and signals of the teen. The help of a caring friend or a loving family member is important in helping a teen because it lets them know that someone does care about them. Suicide is not a sickness that can be cured, but it is avoidable. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for the age group of 15 to 24 and the sixth leading cause of death for 5 to 14 year old. Together, one step at a time, we as a society can decrease statistics and save lives.