The Social Aspect Of Teen Suicides And Its Effect On American High Schools
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, and continues to, bear the social stigma of mental illnesses and suicidal behavior. The social stigma of those with mental illnesses has deep roots in society’s beliefs. Graham C.L. Davey, a professor of psychology at the University of Sussex, states that the early beliefs about the cause of mental health…