Causes Of Suicide In Adolescence

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Adolescence is defined as the period of transition between childhood and adulthood, typically this period occurs between the ages of 10 and 20 years (Santrock, 2016, p. 16-17). Many changes occur during this period, including biological, cognitive and socioemotional. While these changes can cause some emotional turbulence for youths, for the most part this transitional period of life typically occurs without any serious disturbances. Most adults, even look back at their adolescence with fondness later in life and view this period of life as being an exciting time of self-exploration and development.
However, for some adolescents this period of life is fraught with depression, anxiety and suicide ideation. There are numerous causes for adolescents
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Research indicates that most youths who commit suicide suffer from psychiatric disorders during adolescents. In 90% of adolescent suicide cases a psychiatric disorder was present at the time of suicide (Bridge, Goldstein & Brent, 2006). The combination of changes in adolescence combined with the presence of a psychiatric disorder can oftentimes become too much for an adolescent to handle which begins a process of suicide ideation.
The highest risk of death by suicide is by adolescents who have had previous suicide attempts. This is contrary to the myth that an individual is less likely to attempt suicide after a previously failed attempt ("Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) Office of Suicide Prevention," n.d.). Many youths who have suicide ideation and make an initial failed attempt at suicide will continue their attempts until they are successful if intervention does not take place. The reasons that many adolescents will continue to attempt suicide is because the cause of the suicide ideation has not been
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For an adolescent who is feeling the level of despair that can led to suicide ideation this verse can be a powerful message of strength. We are told that we are bought with a high price and are to glorify God with ourselves (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition). God does not want us to end our lives, but wants us to live in a manner that will glorify Him.
For adolescents struggling with depression and suicide ideation it can be difficult for them to remember that their life is not their own, but rather a gift from God. As a Christian seeking to help youth who are in the levels of despair that leads to suicide it is important to remind them of the hope that can be found in the love of Christ. 1 John 4:4 reminds us that, “little children, you are from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition). Through making adolescents aware of the love that Christ has for them adults assisting adolescents can help rebuild adolescents’ confidence and self-esteem, reducing the risk of

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