Essay On Teen Suicide

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To the approximate 350 million people worldwide who suffer from depression, these words “Just think positive, and it will be better tomorrow,” offer little comfort, and even less hope to those considering suicide. Amongst U.S teens, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death more so than cancer, AIDS, chronic drug use, and heart disease combined. Common risk factors are bullying in school, history of sexual abuse, alcohol, and drug addiction, along with a history of mental illness in the family. There is also a direct correlation between socioeconomic status and suicide in urban, and remote areas. Factors such as social deprivation, or tenant households in public housing create a higher potential of suicide, especially amongst the urban…show more content…
According to the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS), suicide rates are much higher in less urban areas than more urban areas, although mental illnesses are more prevalent in more urban areas; this is believed to be due to the lack of mental health awareness and education programs that are given to the public in larger and more-urban metro areas (Kegler, Stone, and Holand, 2017). Suicide rates in the Unites States are increasing every single year, but that could be reduced over time with the right tactics. If a larger audience in less urban areas could be reached and let known that suicide is not the only option, we could prevent many deaths and improve the lives of many families. To justify this concern, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report concludes that, “ There is a growing need for comprehensive suicide prevention employing a broad public health approach. This might include strategies applicable for all communities (e.g., strengthening economic support during times of financial hardship and teaching coping and problem-solving skills) along with strategies that address subsets of the population at increased risk, such as rural communities (e.g., programs that address provider short- ages and promote social connectedness).” (Kegler, Stone, and Holand, 2017, pg 272). Again, just as there is not one single reason for suicide, there will not be one single answer, because hard work and dedication will be needed from

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