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Killing yourself won't make you happy, it will simply make you dead.
In the next 24 hours 1,439 Teens will attempt suicide.

Many young people may feel lonely, sad, and anxious at times. It is a normal part of growing up. But for some, these feelings can become very powerful. A teen may feel helpless. He or she may start to see suicide as the only way out. But choosing death is never a solution to a problem. It is only an escape.


At one time, suicide was considered a disgrace. In parts of Europe, people who killed themselves were often buried at a crossroads. This was intended to draw attention and shame to the suicide. For many years, suicide was considered a crime in some parts of the United States.


Many movies, plays, and books tell stories about teens that killed themselves. Remember the two young lovers in Shakespeare's Romeo and Julie? They each took their own life when they thought the other was dead.


But suicide is neither romantic nor glamorous. It helps no one. Young people can be very unhappy at times. But they may not truly want to die. They may need to know that someone cares. They may need to be shown that they have other choices. They need to be encouraged to choose life.


Suicide is always tragic. But it is especially sad when a young person decides that life is not worth living. That person's friends and family will feel pain and grief for the rest of their lives.


After ever teen suicide, grief-stricken friends try to understand how someone they knew and loved could have such strong feelings. How could it happen without anyone else knowing or being able to help? School counselors and teachers grieve too. They know that such death could almost certainly have been prevented. Counseling, or "crisis intervention," can save lives. But people must be aware in order to help.



What makes teens feel so bad?


It is not possible to list all the reasons why teens decide to take their own lives. But here are some of the more common causes:


1- Feeling rejected, abandoned, or alone

2- Low self-esteem, or feeling like a failure

3- Feeling ashamed, unworthy of forgiveness

4- Pressures at school, home or with friends

5- Problems with alcohol or drugs

6- Feelings of hopelessness or depression (sadness that does not go away and has no clear cause)

7- Feeling afraid of something or someone


Often teens that kill themselves have had upsetting experiences of some kind. Young suicide victims may leave notes behind when they die.


They list reasons like these:


1- Breaking up with a boyfriend or a girlfriend

2- Doing poorly in school, or not being accepted for a job or by a college

3- Not doing well in sports or other activities

4- Moving and leaving friends behind, or having a good friend move away

5- Divorce or other problems in the family (such as alcohol, drugs or sexual abuse)

6- Being unable to repay a large debt

7- A serious physical injury or illness

8- Being responsible for an injury to another person

9- Having committed a serious crime

10- The death of a parent, close friend, or other family member




It's not easy being a teen. Some of the problems teen suicide victims list may seem much more serious than others. But all of these problems are very real to the people who experience them


These problems can also trigger some of the uncomfortable feelings listed first. For example, a parent's divorce may make a teen feel rejected and abandoned. He or she may not be able to cope with new pressures at home. The teen years are full of powerful and confusing emotions that can last a long time.


Young people who say they want to die often think these painful feelings will never go away. They are wrong. Bad feelings can go away. It may not be easy to work through these feelings and it will probably take time. But it is possible to get help and turn your life around. For teens who are deeply troubled, there is no time to waste. For them, it may be a matter of life or death.


Each year in the U.S., thousands of teenagers commit suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-to-24-year-olds, and the sixth leading cause of death for 5-to-14-year-olds.


Teenagers experience strong feelings of stress, confusion, self-doubt, pressure to succeed, financial uncertainty, and other fears while growing up. For some teens, suicide may appear to be a solution to their problems and stress.


Depression and suicidal feelings are treatable mental disorders. The child or adolescent needs to have his or her illness recognized and diagnosed, and appropriate treatment plans developed. When parents are in doubt whether their child has a serious problem, a psychiatric examination can be very helpful.


Many of the symptoms of suicidal feelings are similar to those of depression.


Parents should be aware of the following signs of adolescents who may try to kill themselves:


1- Change in eating and sleeping habits

2- Withdrawal from friends, family, and regular activities

3- Violent actions, rebellious behavior, or running away

4- Drug and alcohol use

5- Unusual neglect of personal appearance

6- Marked personality change

7- Persistent boredom, difficulty concentrating, or a decline in the quality of schoolwork

8- Frequent complaints about physical symptoms, often related to emotions, such as stomachaches, headaches, fatigue, etc.

9- Loss of interest in pleasurable activities

10- Not tolerating praise or rewards

11- A teenager who is planning to commit suicide may also:

12- Complain of being a bad person or feeling rotten inside

13- Give verbal hints with statements such as: I won't be a problem for you much longer, nothing matters, it’s no use, and I won't see you again

14- Put his or her affairs in order, for example, give away favorite possessions, clean his or her room, throw away important belongings, etc.

15- Become suddenly cheerful after a period of depression

16- Have signs of psychosis (hallucinations or bizarre thoughts)


If a child or adolescent says, I want to kill myself, or I'm going to commit suicide, always take the statement seriously and immediately seek assistance from a qualified mental health professional. People often feel uncomfortable talking about death. However, asking the child or adolescent whether he or she is depressed or thinking about suicide can be helpful. Rather than putting thoughts in the child's head, such a question will provide assurance that somebody cares and will give the young person the chance to talk about problems.


If one or more of these signs occurs, parents need to talk to their child about their concerns and seek professional help when the concerns persist. With support from family and professional treatment, children and teenagers who are suicidal can heal and return to a healthier path of development.


There are also links to books you can read and links to other pages with information on suicide and suicide prevention. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among adolescents aged 15-19 years in the United States. 61% of all suicides in the United States are accomplished by firearm. Hanging and strangulation account for 15% of suicide deaths, gas posioning for 7% and other forms including overdose 10%. No one should feel guilty about not preventing a suicide that has already taken place, everyone can feel optimistic about the possibility of preventing a suicide in the future.


 The person actually talks about suicide.
 The person talks about feeling hopeless and/or worthless.
 The person gives away important possessions.
 The person seems to be getting his/her affairs in order.
 The person seems preoccupied with death.
 The person no longer shows an interest in favorite things    or activities.
 Although the person has seemed sad, suddenly he/she is calm   and happy.
The person is reckless, endangering his/her life and/or those of others.
The person is abusing drugs and/or alcohol.
The person has suffered a recent loss: employement, death, divorce, money, status, relationship, etc.
The person suffers from symptoms of depression.

What can you do to help?

  Ask if the person is thinking about suicide.
                                      Listen openly and without judging. 
                                      Believe what a person says, and take all threats seriously. 
                                      Never keep someone's suicidal feelings a secret. 
                                      Share responsibility by getting others involved. 
                                      Reassure the person that help is available, and support and encourage him/her to reach
                                      out to sources of help in the community. 
                                      Act immediately if you feel someone is at imminent risk for suicide by involving others 
                                      who can help... and if necessary make contact with the police, emergency services, or a 
                                      hospital to ensure the person's safety. 

Who can help?

Crisis/Distress Line 
                                    Mental Health Clinics 
                                    Family Physician 
                                    Local Hospital 
                                    Community Leader or Elder 
                                    School or Work Counsellor 

Suicide Facts

There are several facts about suicide that
                                    we do know:
                                    1. Suicide rate in young people has been increasing.
                                    2. Suicide is uncommon in children under the age of 10 but its incidence increases after the onset of puberty and peaks at
                                    young adulthood.
                                    3. There are many more attempted suicides than compleated suicides.
                                    4. Many youths (between 60-80%) have sought help within the previous month before the suicide.
                                    5. There is an increased risk if the youth has a previous history of attempted suicide.
                                    6. Many completed suicides are well planned with the youths intending to kill themselves.
                                    7. Suicide has major impact on family members and the youth's peers.
                                    8. "Copy cat" suicides can occur and may follow dramatic portrayals of suicides on television programs or media items.

Suicide Myths

There are also many myths about suicide:
                                    1. It can't happen to my teenage child.
                                    2. Talking about suicidal intent will lead to suicide.
                                    3. Suicide attempt is a manipulative behaviour and therefore should be ignored or even punished.
                                    4. Suicides occur only in lower socio-economic groups.
                                    5. Suicides come out of the blue with little or no warning.
                                    6. Teenagers will "learn" from their "mistakes" and they won't try again.
                                    7. Depression and other mental disorders do not occur in young people.


The adolescent suicide rate is nearly 33% higher than that of the overall population.

Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of adolescent death, following homicide and accidents.

As many as a quarter of a million adolescents make a serious unsuccessful effort to kill themselves every year.

About every 20 seconds someone someone in america attempts suicide.

Every 90 minutes a teenager or young adult is successful in killing themselves.

Guns are the most common means of suicide amoung males.

Pills are the most commonly used means of suicide for females.

April is the month with the highest suicide rate

When a person who's been depressed for a long time seems to cheer up, it is often a bad sign. A person who has seemed to reach a kind of peace or contentment after a long period of depression may actually be feeling relieved: He or she has finally decided to commit suicide and that decision brings a certain kind of relief.






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