Preventing Youth Suicide Essay

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Youth suicide is a public health concern. Suicide is the fifth leading cause of death among children ages 15-24. Recently, more young people died from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other medical conditions combined (Miller, Mazza, & Eckert, 2009). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have stated that since the 1950s, the rate of suicide in youth has increased by more than 300 percent (Joe & Bryant, 2007). The number of youth suicides that are reported is actually lower than the actual number of youth suicides. Suggested by the literature, this is due to concern for the family, the social implications, religious views and other factors (Page, 1996). Is suicide preventable? Can we reduce the number of …show more content…
For example, nine out of ten individuals who commit suicide give clues to others before a suicide attempt (King, 1999). Warning signs include: rage, anger, seeking revenge; acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking; a feeling of being trapped, as if there is no way out; increasing alcohol or drug use; withdrawing from friends, family, or society; experiencing anxiety and/or agitation; being unable to sleep or sleeping excessively; dramatic mood changes; and perceiving no reason for living or no sense of purpose in life (Miller & Eckert, 2009). It is suggested that youth who speak of suicide should be taken seriously because it is not just talk. Those individuals are the most likely to attempt suicide (King, 1999). Students who are suicidal will try to talk to anyone that will listen about their suicidal thoughts, so people should be available to students and accepting to be that person that the student feels that they can go to (Helsel, 2001). To understand these warning signs, one has to know what causes these behaviors to come about. One of these aspects has to do with risks that come from school difficulties.
Risks from school difficulties
Research states that youth who have difficulties in school are at an increased risk of committing suicide (Walsh & Eggert, 2007). Risk factors can help explain or predict youth suicidal behaviors

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