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Teen Suicide

According to a recent poll, an unbelievable 13 out of every 15 EA students have had suicidal thoughts. Teen suicide is a real issue, though it is often taboo or disregarded as a non-issue. It is the third-leading cause of death among teens, directly after homicides and accidents. Teens from Escuela Americana are just as vulnerable as any others to the consequences adolescence may have upon a person. According to Livestrong.com, a teen from somewhere around the world commits suicide every 100 minutes. It is a matter that should be taken seriously and recognized as a growing problem in our society. Any teen may be exposed to suicide, but what are its major causes? High-income teens are just as likely to kill themselves as lower-income teens, eliminating monetary issues as a major motive. They are usually impulsive acts, and, though the consequences are very permanent, they aren’t usually thought out very well. These compulsory acts are usually driven by rejection from peers or friends, physical or verbal abuse at home or at school, domestic violence or the loss of a relative or friend. The major cause, however, is bullying. (kidshealth.org) A case that recently made headlines around the globe was 18-year-old Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi. Clementi jumped off of the George Washington Bridge and killed himself after his roommate posted a video of him having relations with another man on the internet. According to Professor Joel Best, one tenth of the yearly teen suicides are related to a teen’s sexual orientation. Tyler Clementi is only one of the five teenagers who have committed suicide due to sexual orientation in the past couple of months. His predecessors were 13-year-olds Seth Walsh and Asher Brown (the latter who told his parents he was gay the same day he used a gun to kill himself). According to an article on elsalvador.com, most people who commit suicide do not wish to die. They usually seek to escape a certain situation, unaware that the results are permanent. In El Salvador, there are, on average, 52 suicides a month. 60 percent of these occur among young men aged 15-39. 56 percent of these cases occur because of intoxication, 40 percent because of hanging and a single person each month uses a firearm. Of all the people who attempt suicide in our country, only a worrying 20 percent is rescued. But teen suicide can be prevented. Possible warning signs of someone thinking of committing suicide are self-destructive behavior, talking about feeling alone, guilty, bullied or showing drastic changes in eating or sleeping habits. Suicide is permanent. If you have thoughts, or if you know anyone who has thought of committing suicide, take action now. Approach them, talk with them. Make a change before you make an irreversible choice.


Teen Suicide