Should Students Be Receive A Better Education About Mental Illness?

894 Words Feb 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
Every teenager lost to suicide leaves behind scared and confused loved ones. Despite being a prosperous country, the United States is plagued with a sickness that cannot be as easily cured as chicken pox and is even more difficult for many Americans to understand. When one is ill, they go to the hospital, but when one suffers from a mental illness, he or she is often met with scrutiny and shame. Should students be given a better education about mental illness, stigma towards the mentally ill be removed, and policies be instated in schools letting students seek help, suicidal teenagers would be more likely to seek potentially life-saving treatment.
The idea of committing suicide, the act of killing oneself, has become increasingly common among teenagers who often find it difficult to recover from short term bumps in the road. The idea of escaping from responsibility and stress is appealing to many depressed and out-casted young people who have yet to think of the long-term consequence of death. In his article “Teen Suicide” Victor M. Parachin cites statistics taken by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention which concludes that “[. . .] thoughts of suicide by teens are on the rise. Of the teens surveyed [. . .] 15.8 percent indicated they had seriously considered suicide, up from 13.8 percent two years earlier.” (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Parachin, 2014, p. 36). Although the percentage of teenagers who had contemplated suicide is bellow twenty…
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