Informative Speech on Teenage Suicide Essay

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Look around at your peers in the school. How many of them wish they were dead? When 13.7% of males and 30.1% of females in 10th grade say they seriously consider committing suicide, we need think about what is wrong. What makes these 15 and 16 year olds that have so much of their life left to live want to die? 14% of teens said they tried to kill themselves. That’s like having 3 people in our class who have tried to commit suicide. The pressures of life at our age are difficult but they’re not so difficult that 4,135 teenagers a year should be killing themselves. The rate of teenage suicide has tripled since 1950, but why?
     Is it because movies and video games have become more violent? Is it because they make
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90% of suicidal teens said that their parents didn’t understand them. Is it the decreasing significance of the family in teenagers’ lives that is causing suicide rates to increase?
Or is it because the increase of gun availability? In 2/3 teen suicides guns were used. Or is it because in today’s world there is more pressure to go to school and get good grades and be successful? There is no final answer for why the rate of teen suicide has tripled since 1950. You can’t pinpoint why teenagers now are deciding to commit suicide at a larger rate then in 1950. You can only speculate why but to know why the rate has increased you have to know who are the teens that are committing suicide?
Who are the teens that are committing suicide? The majority of suicidal teens are said to be the teens with family history of suicide, mental illnesses, low self-esteem, abuse drugs and alcohol, are homosexual, and have unstable families. All those reason show teens that have added pressures and problems to their life, which would give them a reason to feel alone and depressed and ultimately want to end their life. 60% of teens that commit suicide are diagnosed with depression. 30-50% of teen suicides occur when the teen is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. But don’t be fooled it’s not just teens who people would call “troubled” its also can be teens who are would seem to have happy lives. Jeffrey Hunter was an A student who was the star of the basketball team. He

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