Research Paper on Suicide

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Kiara Arenas
Mrs. Neshan
English 2
14 January 2013
The Effects of Suicide
Over 38,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. It is said that every 14 minutes, another person has taken their life. In this generation, for teenagers, suicide is looked at as a joke until it happens to someone dearly close to them. In that case, it affects them more than actually publicized. Depression is a major risk factor for suicide. Deep thoughts of regret and hopelessness caused from depression may make a person think that suicide is their only way out.
I chose this topic because it’s one subject that comes weak to my heart. Regardless if I know the person or not,
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Most of the time, the way the media handles the coverage on suicidal events, will tell you how society reacts. Not all media coverage on events of suicide help the people coping with the loss nor the people in the community.
Another example on how suicide affects others is when someone is bullied into contemplation of suicide. Bullying happens regardless of age. It is not just children and adolescents who bully now a days. If someone is bullied nonstop, one day the thought of suicide may just run across their mind. Dealing with the troubles of the world and also bullying is extremely tough on some people. Once the victim has committed suicide, the tormenter may feel intense guilt. Plus, the bully may receive many threats from those who blame the death on him/her. Besides the fact that the bully is one of the main reasons this person chose to take their life, not one person has the right to threaten them. Being threatened and being blamed may cause the tormenter to go into a deep hate for themselves. I’m pretty sure no one in their right minds will feel okay with the media and community coming at their neck with such spiteful words.
Young people with mental health problems — such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or insomnia — are at higher risk for suicidal thoughts. Teens going through major life changes (parents' divorce, moving, a parent leaving home due to military service or parental
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