Reaction Paper On Suicide

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Youth suicide is a preventable tragedy that devastates families and communities across the country, independently of race, political affiliation or socioeconomic status. Despite the availability of information on the subject, youth suicide is on the rise. According to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, it is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-24. For every suicide, there are 25 attempts. In the U.S. between 2008 and 2015, the number of kids admitted to hospitals for suicidal thoughts or attempts doubled. There are an average of 5,400 attempts each day for youth between 7th and 12th grade. The suicide rate in girls ages 10-14, tripled between 1999 and 2014. It is a fact that four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs. If parents, teachers, and other children are trained to identify those signs and deal with the situation, together we can make a significant difference in preventing this tragedy. Unfortunately, as a mother of three children who are in middle and high school, I have observed that their schools lack sufficient resources to deal with this problem. The middle school has a little over 1,000 students and only 2 counselors. The high school has over 2,000 students and only 3 counselors. There is clearly no way for them to identify and help students at risk without help from the teachers and other students. In the years they have attended their schools, neither my children nor I have received information on the subject
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