Jenna Robbins Mrs. Gallos English 3 Honors 29 March 2018 Suicide and Depression Prevention Suicide and depression in general is a huge ongrowing issue in society today. “The statistics for suicide are frightening. According to the WHO, more than 800,000 people commit suicide every year, with perhaps 20 times that number attempting suicide” (Suicide; how can we prevent suicide, 2015). Suicide is not a joke in society today. There are tons of bullies and other conflicts that lead people into feelings of depression.
Teenage suicide, in other words, youth suicide has not been a new issue in modern life nowadays. This matter has become a tragedy over the world, a burden for both governments and families. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the third-leading cause of death for 15-24 years old, after accidents and homicide. The statistics of CDC estimates that at least 25 attempts are made for every completed teen suicide. From the number of deaths and the serious of consequences, not only authorities but also parents, siblings and friends take actions to prevent and help young people.
Therefore, I ought to familiarize myself with the warning signs of suicide and appropriate responses. I am interested in Teen suicide for I have lost three relatives to suicide in less than 10 years period. The not knowing why a love took his/her life is devastating and the lists of questions that follows appears to bring no closures. Moreover, I have been accepted into a master’s program in the field of social work. As reported by Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, et al, (1996), the rate of suicide attempts by adolescents in crisis is the same among white, middle-class teens in Oklahoma as it is among urban minority teens in New York City and Los Angeles; the risk factors: depression, substance abuse, and conduct problems.
While we were on the chair, Max said “aight Virun now you can do toe edge, try doing it on the steep hill”, I replied with a nod. We quickly got off the chair, put on our bindings and went to a steeper route. I went down the hill first and reluctantly, I switched between my toe and heel edge like I was a pro! While I was going down the hill I could hear the wind whistling against my helmet and sound of my board carving on the snow. I was so hyped that I finally learned Snowboarding.
Did you know that 300 million people worldwide are affected by depression and depression could lead to suicide? Currently, about 800,000 people die every year to suicide and there is not enough help for all of these people who are suffering from depression and taking their lives. Many people think that depression isn’t as big of a problem compared to some other diseases. However, depression can lead to many other types of problems that can affect your body and your mental health. It also can lead to suicide, the second leading cause of death.
And countless amounts of people can say that they have contemplated or even attempted suicide. But what is more devastating are the numerous amounts of people whose cries for help went unnoticed because most are uneducated about mental illness and suicide. There are many ways we can help in the prevention of suicide. We can start, by talking about the signs and symptoms of one thinking about suicide. Some of those symptoms are; talking about death, saying goodbye, putting affairs in order and withdrawals.
On average between 2001 and 2009, more than 33,000 American died each year as a result of suicide which is more than 1 person every 15 minutes. A report on students in grades 9-12, 16 percent of students in these grades considered suicide and 7.8 percent report having attempted suicide one or more in the past 12 months. The data available indicate that many people think about suicide and may also engage suicidal behavior. Between 2008 and 2009 approximately 8.3 million people aged 18 years old and older (3.7% of the adult in United States population) reported having suicidal thoughts in the past year (Crosby AE, 2011). Approximately 1 million people reported making a suicide attempt in the past years.
Suicide is motivated from psychological, social and physical disorders.11 About 80% of these cases are most commonly associated with alcohol abuse and depression.12 Number of people are committing suicide by hanging each year, making it one of the 10 leading causes of death in the world accounting more than a million death annually.13 Even though there are other sources available to commit suicide like consuming poison, run over by train, fall from height, road traffic accidents, drowning, as a common method people from south Asian countries prefer hanging.14 Ligature materials are easily available for the victims at the time of act as most of them are daily usable
It happens worldwide and people are getting used to it. More and more teenagers die every day, as they see this action as the only possible way to sort out their personal struggles. According to nowadays tendency, “suicide is the third leading cause of death among youths aged 10 to 14 years and the second leading cause of death among youths aged 15 to 24 years”(Garraza, Goldston, McKeon, Reid & Walrath, 2015, p.986). It shows that potential consequences are not flattering. There will be more young people dying which will not only affect their close friends and relatives, who might “live their permanently shattered lives as a consequence of their loss”, but also countries’ social and economic conditions in many different ways such as, first of all, lack of human resources (Belam, Donovan, Lloyd, Owen, Owens & Rapport, 2009, para.#1) This problem needs to be solved as it is global, it happens everywhere and millions of people are affected.
The risk of suicide increase dramatically when kids and teens have access to firearms at home like guns. Having guns at home can prone a teenager for possibilities of suicide, that is why guns should be unloaded, locked, and kept out of the reach of children and teens. One of the most common ways to suicide is to overdose themselves