Causes Of Teenage Suicide In Malaysia

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A teenage girl withdraws a glinting blade from a razor, and she smiles at it. Then, she looks at her wrist and presses the tip of the blade to the inside of her wrist without hesitation. She quickly slits her wrist. Watching the blood seeping through her fingers, tears slipping down her pale white cheeks. Together, vision is blurred, pulse is weak as she slowly feels like she’s fading away. According to the Oxford English Dictionary Online (1992), teenage suicide can be defined as the act of teenagers who are between 13 to 19 years old who kill themselves intentionally. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth in Malaysia (Lakshiny, 2015). Teenage suicide is a serious problem in our society and mainly caused by bullying, domestic violence and stress. First of all, the act of bullying is one of the causes of suicidal behaviour among teenagers. Self-esteem and confidence of bullied teens tend to be drained down which may lead them to having difficulties in socialising with others. Bullies usually target passive people so they can acquire the satisfaction of having power over others. According to studies by Yale University (2008), victims of bullying are between 2-9 times more likely to commit suicide. Victims are unable to express themselves to close ones due to the fact that they usually get threaten that things will get worse if they speak up. Thus, they think that committing suicide is the only way to regain their freedom. When bullied teens experience

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