Everyone, especially teens, have many daily troubles, but what if everyone could follow a few simple steps to prevent all those problems? People have many ideas on how to help stop and prevent teen suicide, which currently is the third leading cause of death for fifteen to twenty four year olds. Suicidal thoughts are usually triggered by simple things, like changes, stress, and fear. They could also be triggered by larger more complex problems, like depression, substance abuse, and destructive behaviors. For the loved ones of those who have committed suicide the after effects include feelings of anger at the person for being so selfish, guilt from feeling that if something was done differently maybe they would still be here, and confusion about why they might have done this. Although some things in life cannot be completely eliminated, like suicide for example, there are many ways to help reduce teen deaths by suicide. Suicide is a frequent problem among today’s teens, but by educating teens on coping skills, educating people about the warning signs of suicide, and provide helpful counseling, this problem can be greatly reduced.
“It is important to learn the warning signs of teenage suicide in order to prevent an attempt (AFSP 03).” Education seems to be a simple way to inform people about signs, especially teens, but it really is an effective tactic. It’s a proven fact that education is the leading solution to help prevent suicide. Recognition and seeing early signs of any mental or substance abuse is the most effective way to reduce suicide. (Nock 04).
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If taught the warning signs of suicide, one might find it a lot easier to recognize and react to any situation of this sort, like maybe helping out someone dealing with suicidal thoughts. One should always be looking for any signs that might indicate suicidal thoughts and feelings. Some easy to see warning signs consist of: expresses thoughts of death, dying and a desire to leave this life, changes in normal habits like eating or sleeping and spending time with friends and family, dramatic weight fluctuations, evidence of substance abuse, dramatic mood swings, lost of interest in schoolwork. (Ohio State University Medical Center 02).
If one keeps their mind looking for these early signs, one might be able to save a life.
Teaching teens ways to deal with their problems is also an easy, effective way to help the reduction of teen suicides. “Adolescence is a stressful developmental period filled with major changes- body changes, changes in thoughts, and changes in feelings. Strong feelings of stress, confusion, fear, uncertainty, as well as the pressure to succeed and the ability to think about things in new ways influence a teenagers problem solving and decision making skills (Children Hospital Boston 01).” At this age teenagers can be going through a lot, so it’s a good thing to keep that in mind when dealing with a teen that is considering or showing the signs of suicide. With all these stressful situations teens deal with, even something as little as someone laughing at them can cause a much larger snowball effect. “Realizing that teenagers have a lot of stress on them today can help you understand that it may seem difficult for teens to cope with all of the life and hormonal changes they are going though (Yahoo 01).” If teens are taught helpful ways to reduce stress, or let things just get worked out by themselves, it’s likely that less stress will be on their shoulders and they will have time to take a quick break from all the drama.
Although counseling doesn’t seem like the best of ideas, it’s a good way to help teens deal with something that one cannot deal with by themselves. “Counseling and support groups can play a tremendous role in helping you to realize you are not alone (Nock 04).” Counselors are proof that there is always someone out there to help others and understand how you feel, for those times one might feel alone or stranded. It’s important to make counseling easily available for all types of people, and for counseling to be easy to understand and/or sign up for. They have simple ways to reach someone to help out any suicide emergency, or just to talk. (Nock 04).
Teen Suicide - The Unknown Epidimic Every year, thousands of youth die in the United States, not by cancer, car accidents, and other diseases, but by their own hand. These people make the choice that they want to die and they take there own life. Suicide, the term given to the act of killing oneself, is the third leading cause of death among people that are 15 to 25 years of age. It is estimated ...
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Educating people on warning signs of suicide is the best way to reduce teen suicide. It opens people’s eyes to see what causes lead to suicide, and if one keeps their eye out for loved ones, who knows, maybe that education will come in handy one day. Education can help parents pay closer attention to any teens who might seem to have a history of depression or signs of becoming depressed. Also, talking about topics of this sort makes it easier to open up to others and share feelings and support.
A major problem among todays teens is suicide, but by education about coping skills, education of warning signs, and counseling, this problem can be reduced. Suicide is a major cause of teens deaths today, and the third leading cause in death for this age group. Although it is more of a problem for boys, it still is a major problem for boys and girls. Teen suicide is a major issue to be dealt with and hopefully later resolved, but until then, keep your eyes open.