Bullying can lead to suicide. This is a major problem affecting today’s youth. Many teens would rather commit suicide than face the bullies themselves. The question is: “Does bullying really lead to suicide?” If it does what can be done to prevent these tragic events? The question might be asked: “What exactly is suicide?” Suicide by definition is when a person takes his or her own life by a self-given injury.
Breakdown of traditional family, changing school climate, media factor, and the increase in the number of children with diagnosable mental disorders are various causes of teen suicide (Zeilstra, 1434). The emotional aftermath of suicide and tactics that can be employed to prevent further incidents (Meisner, 141-142). Another example, family members do not know why teens would have committed suicide and how they can prevent someone from suicide. Teen suicide is usually due to depression, schizophrenia, bad conduct, and drug or alcohol abuse (Teen Suicide Linked to Chemical Level, 21). Studies have shown that suicide prevention programs most likely to succeed are those focused on identification and treatment of mental illness and substance abuse, coping with str... ... middle of paper ... ...e Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia).
An adolescent could feel pressure from their parents, teachers, and friends so that adolescent may deal with a big obstacle. Factors that Place Adoles... ... middle of paper ... ...o this because that is an indication that something is wrong with the adolescent. Suicides are unplanned: people always try to find alternatives to their problems and draw attention of others before suicide. A person, who has previous suicide attempt, will not try again: some people try several times until they commit the suicide. Only a certain type of people kills themselves: Suicide does not respect race class, or gender.
Suicide is something we all know about, but not enough. Britain has one of the highest suicide rates in Europe. Each year in the UK over 5000 people take their life. The Samaritans estimate that in the UK there is a suicide every 82 minutes. The charity Depression Alliance estimates that each year there are around 19,000 suicide attempts by UK adolescents whilst more than 2 million children attend GP's surgeries with some kind of psychological or emotional problem.
Suicide, a worldwide social issue, occurs when a person’s life reaches an all-time low and usually happens because of untreated mental illnesses; suicide affects everyone that the victim has ever come in contact with and suicide rates can be reduced by people having an increased knowledge about what suicide is and how to help a friend if they are having suicidal thoughts or actions. “Suicide is the act of deliberately killing oneself. People willingly take part in many activities that carry a risk of death. But to be considered suicide, death must be self-inflicted—that is, it must result from self-injury or from purposefully exposing oneself to immediate fatal harm” (Kaslow and Dunn). The reasons for committing suicide are often complex and the effects can be catastrophic to everyone that took part in the victim’s life.
The effects of someone committing suicide are tremendous; it can go from family, to friends, to other suicidal teens, causing devastation and even more suicides. The only hope for this epidemic is awareness and prevention. There are many prevention techniques such as, antidepressants and warning sign detection. Teen suicide is a serious problem and must be treated as such. First of all, the causes of suicide among teens are numerous and various.
61% of all suicides involve firearms. From 1952 to 1992 suicides among teens nearly tripled. Today, it is the third leading cause of death for teenagers aged 15-19 (after motor vehicle accidents and unintentional injury). Suicide is increasing, particularly for teens and for those over 65. In young people, the suicide rate is relatively low (13.5/100,000 in 1993), but it is still a leading cause of death.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people age 15 to 24. Accidents are number one and homicide just passes up suicide and come in second. According to the National Mental Health Association, “Each year, almost 5,000 young people, ages 15 to 24, kill themselves. The rate of suicide for this age group has nearly tripled since 1960…”(1). More and more teenagers are being pushed to the edge, as explained in the story of eighth grader, Luis.
In the United States, suicide is the third leading cause of death for young adults between the ages of 15 and 24. According the U.S Center for Disease Control, an estimated 276,000 kids between 14 and 17 try killing themselves each year, and more than 5,000 succeed. The current rate is four times that of 1950. (Merritt 9) This is shocking because teen suicide is one of the most preventable actions. Some people believe that teens who commit suicide do not give any warning signals.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death in young people between the ages of 10-24 (www.cdc.gov). Suicide affect all youth. About 4,600 lives has been lost in the United States each year because of Suicide (www.ced.gov). More young people survive Suicide attempts than actually dying. Some rick factors include family history of suicide, family history of depression, mental health problems and incarceration (www.cdc.gov).