"I'm depressed." You might say it casually to refer to sadness that engulfs you and then goes away. But depression is also a mental health illness that may require help from an experienced professional(1). Depression has been considered to be the leading cause of teen suicide in the 20th century, affecting approximately eight million teens in North America (2). Recen... ... middle of paper ... ...
Depression and suicide are two causes of death that are increasing in prevalence for all age groups. They are also on the rise in a specific age group, that of older adults. The theory behind this finding that older adults are becoming more and more depressed and committing suicide at a greater rate than ever before is due to their failing physical and mental health. The purpose of this paper is to expand upon and prove this theory by gathering statistics about suicide in older adults, and by obtaining the information of scholarly sources by summarizing their views as it relates to the above mentioned theory. Official suicide statistics identify older adults as a high-risk group (Mireault & Deman, 1996).
It affects how that person works, family life, and social life (All About Suicide). Suicidal behaviors occur as a response to a situation that the person views as overwhelming (Disease, Condition or General Health Topic). "Someone who is profoundly depressed, the option of suicide becomes the only option, the only way to control life and end the unremitting pain" (Leone 71). One of the scariest experiences a person suffers from in their lifetime is the experience of depression. More than one out of five Americans can expect to get some form of depression in their lifetime and one out of twenty Americans have a depression disorder every year.
However, recent research has shown an increase in suicide of middle-aged adults and this increase places suicide at the fourth leading cause of death among this age group. Citation here Little is known about midlife suicides, so with that in mind, direct practice workers need an understanding in how to address the needs and concerns of the middle-age group, so that suicide can be prevented. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013), suicide rates among persons aged 35-64 years has increased to 28.4% from a previous percentage of 13.7 per 100,000 populations. You misquoted, this should be 28.4 per 100,000 which is much different than 28% There needs to be a push for suicide preventive measures that are geared more towards this particular age group. Middle-aged adults are likely to have mental health issues and stress.
Suicide Research From the age of 65 to 85, the rate of suicide increases. Adults in this age group are at a higher risk of suicide than other ages. The ratio of suicide attempts compared to suicide deaths is around 25:1 for all ages and 4:1 for adults over 65 years old (Cukrowicz, Jahn, Graham, Poindexter, and Williams, 2013). Why are older adults more successful at committing suicide? What other factors contribute to older adults wanting to commit suicide?
Introduction Suicide amongst young people is one of the most tragic and often unexplained public health issues in Ireland. It is estimated that one in three people will be affected at some point in their lives either directly or through a family member. For many years, mental health issues such as depression and suicide were stigmatised and marginalised but now more and more people are becoming aware of its seriousness and prevalence in society particularly amongst young people which will be the focus of this essay. Prevalence Although Ireland has the sixth lowest rate of death by suicide in the E.U, it ranks fourth highest in the E.U for deaths by suicide for 5-25 year olds, at 13.9 per 100,000 population. While women are more likely to get depressed, men are more likely to commit suicide as the statisitcs show.
Although there are a number of things that can cause a teenager to comm... ... middle of paper ... ...such as segregation, slavery and poverty (Leach 94). One minority group that stands apart from the rest is Native Americans. The suicide rate of Native Americans has increased in recent years. Suicide is high in Native American tribes because of poverty, unemployment, domestic violence and drug addiction. These personal problems often lead to destruction of community, leading to an increase in depression, alcohol abuse, and suicide.
What is depression? Depression is a mood disorder that causes a feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Over ninety percent of the people that die of suicide have a mental illness known as depression. Depression g be caused by the death of a loved one, terminal illness, different types of abuse including: physical, sexual, emotional, and substance. Bullying and genetics also cause depression.
Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes immeasurable pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide. Family members, friends, coworkers, and others in the community all suffer the long-lasting consequences of suicidal behaviors (United States Surgeon General, 2012). According to the United States Surgeon General (2012), suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, claiming more than twice as many lives each year as does homicide. Most people are uncomfortable with the topic of suicide (Centers for Disease Control [CDC], 2015). Part of the problem with helping those with suicidal ideation could rest within clinicians finding suicide a difficult subject to discuss with their clients.
Suicide has become one of the many means that problematic individuals take into consideration to exempt from an unpleasant or oppressive situation. Suicide can be generally defined as the act of causing one’s death usually out of despair. People who are likely to commit suicide are those who suffer from severe mental illnesses and are involved with alcohol and drugs. Other than that, individuals who are experiencing unemployment and divorce can also be possible victims to commit such act. Based on the study done in the year 1997, an average of fifteen-percent who are clinically depressed ended up committing suicide.