“A Permanent Solution to a Temporary Problem” Hannah Smith was 14 years old when she decided she didn’t want to live anymore. She took her last breath before she hanged herself on August 2, 2013. Hannah was cyber bullied on the website Ask.fm, and her family believes the bullying triggered her suicide. The cruel messages were sent anonymously to Hannah, and some even told her to she should kill herself (Smith-Spark). Her father, David Smith , grievingly asked, “how many more teengers will kill themselves because of online abuse before something is done?” (“Hannah Smith”). Unfortunately, Hannah wasn’t the first or the last victim of suicide . Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death out of all ages in the United States of the…show more content… Learning and understanding more about the infinite causes of suicide in teens and young adults can help people prevent others from committing this dreadful act.
Teenagers and young adults who suffer from mental health illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and insomnia, are at a greater risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts ("About Suicide"). Megan Fickert, a sophomore at Fairmount High school, killed herself after suffering from depression since fifth grade. Her mother, Michelle Fox, reflected, “Megan has been sick for years, and I’ve been trying to get her help for years.” Her family assured bullying wasn’t a factor. Her brother, Kevin Fickert, pondered “Nobody really knows why. We’ll never know” (McCarthy). About 95% of people who die by suicide have a psychological disorder -- such as depression -- at the time of death ("About Suicide"). Depression is a mental disorder that affects more than 20 million people in the United States. The symptoms of depression are: sadness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities on use to enjoy, change in weight, difficulty in sleeping or oversleeping, energy, feeling of worthlessness, and thoughts of death or suicide (“Depression...”). Depression is not just caused by one sole reason, but from several factors which vary from person to person. Major life changes -- such as the death of a loved one, a divorce,