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Teen suicide is a rapidly growing concern all around the world.  It is the second leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 24. What is the first leading cause of death? Car accidents.

There are a growing amount of pressures on teenagers today. Social media is largest pressure on teens. Especially on teenage girls. Teens are told to stand out while fitting in. Social media tells everyone how people should act, look, dress, and think. If an individual decides not to follow society’s rules, society begins to look at the individual as weird, or not normal. This leads to bullying. When someone is bullied, it can make them feel depressed, anxious, and/or suicidal.

Teenagers spend an average of 7 to 8 hours at school every day of the week. While going to school full-time, students have approximately 3 hours of school-related work to do outside of school every day whether it’s school work, homework, or studying. This is equivalent to an adult’s full-time job.

Family problems are also a leading cause to teenage suicide. Whether it’s divorce, alcohol/drug abuse, or not being accepted by family members, this is a big contribution to teen suicide.

Four out of five teens who commit suicide give clear warning signs. These are some of the warning signs to look for if you or someone else is thinking about attempting suicide:

  • Talking about suicide
  • Making statements about feeling hopeless, helpless, or worthless
  • Taking unnecessary risks or exhibiting self-destructive behavior
  • Having a change in personality or behavior
  • A loss of interest in the things one cares about
  • Making arrangements; setting their affairs in order
  • Giving their favorite possessions away
  • Sadness and hopelessness
  • Sudden change in weight
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Violent actions, rebelling, or running away
  • General lethargy or lack of energy

If you or someone you know has these symptoms, here are some ways you can help:

Firstly, it is important that you take suicide seriously. If you are concerned that someone is suicidal, tell someone. You can tell a trusted adult, teachers, or you can call the police if needed.

If you are feeling suicidal you can either tell an adult, teachers, call the police, or one of the many crisis hotlines you can call or text to talk to someone who can help you. You can call this suicide hotline to get help: (316) 660-7500

 

 

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