Teen Suicide

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Each year, thousands of children are dying, not from cancer, getting shot, or car accidents, but by their own hands. They make the choice to take their lives; they commit suicide. To begin, what is “Suicide”? According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, suicide is the act or instance of taking one’s own life voluntarily and intentionally. The number of teenagers who take their lives is rapidly increasing each year. Teen suicide is escalating out of control and no one seems to realize just how severe the issue has become. Every day and average of 18 young Americans end their lives, one every 90 minutes. The National Institute of Mental Health believes that as many as 50-150 suicides are attempted for each one that is completed , meaning that for every noted suicide completed, about 50-150 more attempts are made (Adolescent Suicide). With these alarming statistics people need to be more aware of the causes and warning signs that often lead to suicide in young adolescents.

By being aware of the causes of teen suicide, one has the ability to prevent an occurrence from happening. Many of the factors that contribute to teen suicide are not new, but most people do not connect the effects that they can have on teens. The leading factors that contribute to suicide among teens include: psychological disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, physical or sexual abuse, poor relationships with family and peers, or sudden trauma (teen Suicide: Systematic Analysis of Quality). Psychological disorders tend to include depression and bipolar disorder. Depression is the most common of the two because a person usually looses interest in their favorite activities and feels as though they can no longer go on. Drug and alcohol abuse are also major causes of ...

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... purpose for living. Teen suicide can be prevented and it is our duty to help prevent it.

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