The Importance Of Suicide Prevention

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The definition of suicide is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death. Suicides happen every day and the emotional impact such an act has on individuals, families, and communities is devastating and tragic. Unfortunately, suicide has become a much bigger social issue than society likes to admit. Many people seem to think of teenage years as their happiest years in life but what others do not know is that someone can be suffering from pain caused by an emotional or environmental issue. Suicide prevention should be an important subject in schools, work places, and even at home. Family and friends should not have to face repercussions and guilt after one has decided to take their own life; these peers should be aware and have…show more content…
Teenagers experience strong feelings of stress, confusion, self-doubt, and pressure to succeed while growing up. These are fears that teens face every day and suicide may seem like the solution to their problems. There are many signs for parents to watch for in teenagers: changes in eating and sleeping habits, drug or alcohol abuse, violent actions, rebellious behavior, frequent complaints, and withdrawal from family and friends. Many of these signs and symptoms can be similar to depression. It is important for parents, teachers, and physicians to be aware of these symptoms in adolescents. (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, October 2013). According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website, there are also additional suicide rates shown by race and methods. “In 2015, the highest U.S. suicide rate was among Whites and the second highest rate was among American Indians and Alaska Natives.” Also in 2015, firearms were the most common method used to commit suicide. Suffocation and poisoning were the other common methods used (AFSP Suicide Statistics). Virginia closely resembles national statistics, on average one person dies by suicide every eight hours. Also, suicide is the eleventh leading cause of death in the state (AFSP State Fact Sheets). The suicide rates in Virginia have been slowly increasing since 1999. Teen suicides resemble adult suicides as
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