The Pros And Cons Of Teen Suicide

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Suicide is the act of intentionally ending one 's own life. According to the CDC (2015), suicide is the third leading cause of death among persons aged 10-14, the second among persons, aged 15-34 years, the fourth among persons aged 35-44 years, the fifth among persons aged 45-54 years, the eighth among person 55-64 years, and the seventeenth among persons 65 years and older. In the near future, I will be working as a social worker. As a social worker, I am more probable to have contact with clients who are at risk of suicide. 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. The teenagers who attempted suicide were more than twice as likely to be depressed as those who had not. Suicide attempters were also significantly more likely to report suicidal ideation (64.2 percent) and suicidal behavior in their

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