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Added August 01, 2013

What You Should Know About Suicide

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Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s third after accidents and homicide. It's also thought that at least 25 attempts are made for every completed teen suicide. Why are teens turning to such a hopeless place? Here are some reasons behind suicides and what you can do if you or someone you know is feeling hopeless, too.

 

Factors That Affect Suicide

The teenage years have always been a time of turbulence and transition, but there has never been so much pressure to succeed. The college race is harder and more uncertain than ever. The so-called mean-girl syndrome is rampant. Divorce, absentee parents, familial conflict, low self-esteem, earlier pressure for sexual activity, and body image issues all contribute to feeling the blues. As pressures are increasing, so are anxiety disorders, eating disorders and self-injurious behaviors. It’s pushing some teens today to feel they only have one option: give up.

 

Most girls who attempt suicide do not really want to end their lives. Most want to escape psychological pain or unbearable circumstances. Some seek attention. Others want to communicate their anger or love in the most dramatic way they can think of. They feel hopeless, act impulsively and suffer for things that are often not even in their control. Even people who normally seem “happy” or “have it all” may find themselves confronting suicidal thoughts. While it doesn’t happen to everyone, there is never a way to tell based on looking at someone.

 

There are other factors that contribute to suicidal tendencies, too. Depression feeds suicidal thinking. Treating the underlying condition will help eliminate the suicidal feelings. Just remember, if you feel as though you’re depressed, it’s not because you’re weak — it’s a legitimate physical problem that affects your brain.

 

The Consequences

There is no turning back from suicide. While the teen years are tough, they’re worth making it through. On the other side is growing up to become a strong, healthy and happy woman.

 

You also have to consider all the people who love you. Death doesn’t just hurt the teen who commits suicide. The tragedy is devastating to her family, friends, her whole school and the entire community. Her parents, brothers and sisters, classmates, teachers and neighbors are left wondering if they could have done something to prevent her from turning to suicide. They will remember her and miss her for the rest of their lives.

 

How to Get Help

Here are some reliable sources where you can look up more information on teenage suicides.

 

 

Any talk about teenage suicides must be taken seriously. Even if your friend mentioned in passing that she is considering it, act fast and let an adult know. Also, if you or someone you know is self-injuring, learn more about how to help at selfinjury.com.

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Luv4Lemons
Luv4Lemons
Posted March 09, 2014
I have a friend who was really suicidal. She started having sex with guys all the time and cutting. I didn't want to see her get anymore hurt then she was, so I told her parents. She hated me for it at first, but now she's on anti-depressent meds and doing so much better.
Awesome_dork
Awesome_dork
Posted November 22, 2013
I'm not depressed or have suicidal thoughts. Although sometimes my mom just makes me feel stupid and worthless, so I go into a mini depression. It lasts about 2 days, and although it is tough I don't cut. I tried once but the thought of cutting made me feel sick. I hold ice to my wrist sometimes. I hope to feel better soon, although it depends on my mom's mood.
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Posted July 04, 2013
My friend is VERY suicidal. She cuts almost every night and I try to help but all I do is make her more mad and depressed. WHAT SHOULD I DO!!!!!
CookieGirl:)
CookieGirl:)
Posted April 10, 2013
justus3210 i saw your comment and felt that i could relate alot i self harm too.. 1 or 2 of my friends do to but they dont know that i self harm. anyway i really need someone to talk to.. i would appreciate if you messaged me.. i dont feel like i could ever talk to soeone who i actually know my email is eArias2358@gmail.complease dont think this is wierd :(
justus3210
justus3210
Posted February 17, 2013
I took the depression screening test and it says I might have moderate depression and that I may be at risk of self injury. Truth is I actually do self harm occasionally. My friend does too. My best friend has tried to get me to stop but I dont. Oh well
vickathee
vickathee
Posted July 03, 2013
This article really makes me mad. No, suicide is not about attention. When people die, they're not going to live to see the attention they supposedly "sought." It's not a trend either. This is incredibly shallow. Teenagehood is a difficult time, but you have to grin and bear it. Wait until you are in college, and once that is over, can you really tell if you have depression.
Girlmysterys
Girlmysterys
Posted November 11, 2012
I am depressed and I am fat i am and I got bullied but never thought ONCE about doing suicide! DON'T DO IT IT IS NEVER GOOD TO DO SUICIDE!
RiRy1230
RiRy1230
Posted February 17, 2013
i thought about sucied and cutting myself but then i think life goes on things get better life gets better
neonbeth
neonbeth
Posted September 02, 2012
I have to admit once in my life I have thought and tried suicide but I have the most amazing friend she told my favorite teacher and we got through it so I wasn't alone cause she said she did that when she was younger too
Courtney3234
Courtney3234
Posted January 13, 2013
i am constantly depressed so instead of cutting each time im feeling down i add a bracelete to my hand and it helps me think positively
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