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Suicide: Facts, Misconceptions, Causes, And Prevention

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A sixteen-year old boy sat in his fourth period class crying because he had just broken up with his girlfriend. As he sat there, he tried to think of a way to ease the pain in his heart of the whole situation. His only conclusion was to try and take his own life. This is an attempt of suicide, which was luckily stopped because of a note that he had given to his girlfriend describing his plans that she, in turn, had given to the Guidance Counselor of the school. The truth is that an attempt of suicide is not always the person’s fault, there are several factors, which are contributed to the cause of suicidal thoughts, or feelings that lead to suicidal attempts, and with various treatment methods these conditions can be controlled not necessarily eliminated.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people ages fifteen through twenty-five. After making that statement one would come to the conclusion that this age group is responsible for the most suicides, but that is not true the elderly ages sixty-five and older account for more then twenty-percent of all suicides. Considering on average eighty-four people die a day from suicide, that means, that there is an elderly person dying every ninety minutes from suicide, and fifty-four percent of all elderly suicides are committed with a firearm, but after saying that consider this that the elderly only account for thirteen-percent of the U.S. population, and suicide is the eighth leading cause of death among the U.S....


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...s very hour, so one must realize that they need to take the next step, which would be to get involved in their community. The battle never stops, neither should one give up on the hope of winning the war against suicide, and whatever may cause people to be suicidal (Gardner and Rosenberg 85-102).


Work Citied

Centers for Disease Control. Suicide. 30 April 2014
< http://ww.cdc.gov/ncicp/fact_book/26_Suicide.htm >.

Gardner, Sandra with Gary Rosenberg, M.D. Teenage Suicide. New Jersey: Julian Messner, 2012.

SAVE. SAVE Suicide Awareness Voices of Education. 30 April 2014
< http://www.save.org/depressed/symptoms.html >.

Schleifer, Jay. Everything You Need To Know About Teen Suicide. New York: The Rosen Publishing Group, 2011.

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