Teenage Suicide

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Teenage Suicide Suicide is intentional self-inflicted acts that end in death("Suicide," Compton's). After a series of traumatic events, normal coping abilities can be pushed over the edge; the result may be suicide. In each year, an average of 30,000 suicide deaths occur in the United States. It is estimated that 5,000 of those suicides are committed by teenagers(SA\VE, 2). One major reason that the suicide rate among teenagers is so high, is that the teenage years are a period of commotion. New social roles are being learned, new relationships are being developed, bodily changes are occurring, and decisions about the future are being made during the teenage years. Teenagers tend to commit suicide after large changes,…show more content…
The statistics of considered and completed suicide are shocking. Ten percent of teenage boys admit that they have attempted suicide. Girls in their teens have a much higher percentage(eighteen percent), which will admit that they unsuccessfully tried to commit suicide. A teenager in 1990 was twice as likely to die from suicide than a teenager growing up in 1960. One of the most startling teenage suicide facts is that since 1961, there has been a tripling of completed teenage suicide("The Real World [Suicide: Facts]," 1-3). When a teenager is able to successfully commit suicide, they leave behind family and friends. In a normal death situation, people usually feel grief. When a teenager performs suicide, family and friends left behind experience many feelings. A feeling of confusion and great distress over unresolved issues is very common. Family members and friends often feel anger and resentment after a suicide. These emotions can cause friends and family to become very isolated feeling. A friend or family member may find that it is difficult to relate to other people after a suicide. These people may decide that other people view them as a failure because they were unable to stop someone close to them from committing suicide. A fear of forming new relationships after a person has completed suicide is common. People feel that by creating new relationships, they might be hurt and experience the same pain they are going through. In order to

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