Aspects Of Teen Suicide
Suicide is an important issue to face across the United States, with it being the second leading cause of death in young people between the ages of ten and twenty-four (“Suicide Prevention”). Because mental illnesses are a stigma difficult to discuss, it especially challenging to efficiently talk about suicidal thoughts with teenagers. Along with the stigmatism of mental illnesses, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community is stigmatized as well. Many youth who are committing suicide have a mental illness, or are LGBT. According to The Trevor Project, a non-profit, national suicide prevention organization, LGBT youth are four times more likely to commit suicide than their straight peers, and this is likely due to underlying mental illnesses, bullying, and/or lack of acceptance by peers or family (“Facts About Suicide”). To help battle the social stigma surrounding mental illnesses and help high risk individuals, American high schools are implementing anti-bullying programs, providing Gay Straight Alliance clubs, and hiring counselors.
Social Stigma The United States has, …show more content…
Schools have also implemented anti-bullying programs in order to create a positive learning environment. They teach students to be more than a bystander, when to speak up, and educate them on what is and is not bullying. By educating students to speak up, they allow the students to make the safe and positive environment for one another, and create a supportive school. This relates to social stigma because if a school has a fairly successful anti-bullying program then they are more likely to be providing a comfortable environment for their students, so a student is more likely to seek help from friends or teachers if they have a mental health concern,