Teen Suicide : Prevention And Prevention Essay

1859 Words Apr 8th, 2015 8 Pages
Every two hours and eleven minutes, a person under the age of 25 commits suicide. These numbers are startling, yet suicide still remains an uncomfortable and dark issue that people tend to avoid. Suicidal people are seen as crazy or troubled, and this preconceived stigma follows them around. The stigmas surrounding teenage suicide hinders prevention, by creating stereotypes, by making them believe these stereotypes about themselves, and by making them too ashamed or scared to seek help. Teen suicide is a continuously growing concern. It is the third-leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 24, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Determining if a teen is suicidal is not an exact science. It can be very difficult to know what is going on inside someone’s mind. Despite this, there are some clear signs to help point out which teens are at risk. Studies show that warning signs precede four out of five teen suicide attempts. Depression is a big indicator, especially if it is accompanied by frequent talk of death. Teens who are considering suicide often display irritability, rage, or anxiety. Behavior problems and acting recklessly are also signs. Teens with an increased usage of substances such as alcohol or drugs are more likely to be at risk. Other signs include: disinterest in activities, isolation from friends and family, giving away important possessions, and changes in sleep or eating patterns. Teens will…

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