Suicide Among Teenagers

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Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-old (Green, Paragraph 1) Teenage suicide is the intentional act made by teenagers usually below the age of 19 to take their lives. Suicide is not thought of in a day. It is a series of processes that goes on in the mind before manifesting. Although, during these processes there are visible signs that shows a prospective suicidal person. There are factors that trigger and cause the act of suicide in a teenager. Most of these factors are usually the major causes but are not identified as one. The major influences of teenage suicide are the parent’s denial of the signs of suicide. Some other influences of teenage suicide include bullying, drug and alcohol abuse, depression and easy access to weapons. The number one step to that we can take in the eradicating of teenage suicide is to eliminate the “I do not care attitude”. Scott Fritz, whose 15-year-old daughter took her life in 2003, says there are many things parents can do to prevent suicide (Place, Paragraph 2). Educate yourself on the warning signs, risk factors, and very importantly, on protective factors (Place, Paragraph 3). Like many parents, Fritz said "we had no idea teen suicide was even a problem" until his daughter's death (Place, Paragraph 4). Giving more awareness to the issue of teenage suicide will drastically reduce the number of suicide among teenagers. Parents have different roles which include roles at workplace, home, and other places they have obligations to. As parents, stress is bound to arise from these roles. Although role conflicts arise, it is their duty as parents to prevent these conflicts especially if it is to the detriment of their children. Children should not be made to compete for ... ... middle of paper ... ...ed to save you. So, “save a soul, save your life.” Works Cited "Bully." Dictionary.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2014. "Depression." Dictionary.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2014. Fox, James A. "The Challenges of Bullying Prevention: Remarks for the New England Journal on Criminal & Civil Confinement Symposium." n.d.: n. pag. LexisNexis Academic. Web. 10 Apr. 2014. Green, Stuart. "A Teenager's Suicide: What Can Be Learned?" 09 Sept. 2013: n. pag. LexisNexis Academic. Web. 10 Apr. 2014. Joan, Polly. Preventing Teenage Suicide. New York: Human Resources Press Inc. 1986. Print Place, Carlton. "What Parents Should Know about Teen Suicide." Toronto Star Newspaper Ltd 29 Mar. 2010: 01. LexisNexis Academic. Web. 10 Apr. 2014. WebMD. "Teen Health." Teen Suicide Risk Factors and Prevention. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2014.

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