Teen Suicides

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Teen suicide in Colorado is at an all time high. It has become one of the biggest social problems affecting all our lives in one way or another. It is a day-to-day experience and everyday news in our society. It is the third leading cause of death within today's youth (Collegian). Along with so many other things in the world that bring tragedy, it can be prevented. Douglas County needs to consider preventing teen suicide by providing better, safer hotlines and resources, learning how to help peers when they are down, and changing society’s unrealistic expectations.
According to the Denver Post, Colorado’s suicide rate, is one of the highest in the country. Statewide, 50 young people ages 10-18 died by suicide in 2014. That number jumped to 72 in 2015 and remained high at 68 in 2016, according to state health department data. This year, 2017, colorado has already handled eight teen suicides with three of them happening just last month. (http://www.denverpost.com/2017/09/01/littleton-student-suicides-social-media-posts/ )
Suicide is a very complex issue to understand. According to Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment, “The role social media plays in teen suicide and depression is also complex”, she said. It connects people going through similar problems even when they aren’t close geographically, yet, on the flip side, the filtered selfies and endless posts of others having fun can plummet teens’ self esteem. Self-injury, such as cutting and burning, is also a

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