Suicide Is The Leading Cause Of Deaths Of Adolescents

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Suicide is the leading cause of deaths of adolescents in Australia. In 2005, it was estimated that deaths caused by suicide was accounted for one- fifth of deaths among teenagers (Life communications, 2012) in 2012 it was estimated that 1,901 (16.8 per 100,000) males and 634 females (5.6 per 100,000) lives were lost due to suicide, which roughly calculates to seven deaths a day that’s caused suicide (Lifeline, 2010) and those who committed suicide seventy five percent were males while the other twenty five percent were females. In Australia between 2009 and 2013 the highest suicide rates among the adolescent male and females were found in the Northern Territory (17.6 per 100,000) then Tasmania (14.0 per 100,000) followed by Western Australia (13.4 per 100,000, Queensland (13.3 per 100,000), South Australia (11.9 per 100,000), Victoria (9.4 per 100,000), Australian Capital Territory (9.1 per 100,000) lastly New South Wales with the lowest suicide rates in Australia (9.1 per 100,000) (Hunter Institute of Mental Health, nd). This essay will look at the common sense view, sociological imagination, social causes and factors that contribute to and eventually lead to youth suicide in Australia, and the functionalist theorist point of view.
Adolescents that commit suicide are immediately presumed to have one or more mental illness such as depression or bipolar disorder and also assumed to have shown many signs that they were having thought suicidal thoughts, however in most cases…
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