Teen Suicide (Teenage Suicide, Teenager Suicide)
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    Teen Suicide (Teenage Suicide, Teenager Suicide)

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    Facts for Teenage Suicide
    Reasons for Teenage Suicide
    Resources for Teenage Suicide
    Solutions for Teenage Suicide
    Statistics on Teenage Suicide
    Tips on Teenage Suicide
    Warning Signs for Teenage Suicide

    Reasons for Teen Suicide

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    It's not easy to be teen-agers nowadays. They are constantly confronted with new social roles, new relationships, and having to get used to their body changes. Other issues include financial uncertainty, and fears of growing up. Thus feelings of stress, confusion, self-doubt, and pressure to succeed can be overwhelming to teen-agers.

    From a family point of view, the lack of parental interest may be another problem. In two income families, parents and kids spend limited time together. Moreover, many children grow up in divorced households. The formation of a new family with step-parents and step-siblings, or moving to a new community can be very unsettling and can lead to insecurity. Other teens are faced with family alcoholism, domestic violence and even sexual abuse.

    Other external factors include, the pressures of modern life; competition for good grades and college admission. Increasing violence in the newspapers and on television lead to more teenage suicides. It's also easier to get the tools for suicide nowadays. Suicide girl.com

    And when the teen-agers are looking for answers to their problems, they found no one to talk to, making them feel quite lonely.

    For some teens, suicide may appear to be the only solution to their problems and stress mentioned above.

    Facts about Teen Suicide

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    Suicide in youth often occurs after the victim has gotten into some sort of trouble or has experienced a recent disappointment or rejection. For example, suffering a loss or humiliation of some kind, loss of self-esteem by doing poorly on a test, the breakup with a boyfriend or girlfriend, or the trauma of parents' divorce.

    Young people who have attempted suicide in the past or who talk about suicide are at greater risk of future attempts.

    Many of the symptoms of suicidal feelings are similar to those of depression.

    Adolescents who consider suicide generally feel alone, hopeless and rejected. They are more vulnerable to having these feelings if they parents with alcohol or drug problems, or have a family life affected by parental discord, disruptions, separation or divorce. However, a teenager may be depressed and/or suicidal without any of these.

    Teens who abuse alcohol or drugs are more likely to consider, attempt or succeed at suicide than are non-abusers.

    People who are depressed have altered levels of certain brain chemicals. Studies show that aggressive and impulsive people who make violent suicide attempts have reduced amounts of serotonin, a key brain chemical.

    Depression and the risk for suicide might have biological as well as psychological causes. A family history of suicide is a significant risk factor in a young person.

    Most everyone has normal mood swings and occasionally feels sad. But when that depressed mood lingers for more than two weeks, serious depression could be setting in.

    Adult women who are physically or emotionally abused as children are more likely to have mental problems, suffer from depression and are more likely to attempt suicide.

    Resources on Teen Suicide

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    American Academy of Pediatrics
    141 Northwest Point Boulevard
    P.O. Box 927
    Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007

    American Association of Suicidology
    2459 South Ash Street
    Denver, Colorado 80222

    National Committee of Youth Suicide Prevention
    666 Fifth Avenue, 13th Floor
    New York, New York 10103
    (212) 957-9292

    National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association
    P.O. Box 753
    Northbrook, Illinois 60062

    National Suicide Hotline

    Statistics on Teen Suicide

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  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-to-24-year-olds.
  • Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for persons between the ages of 10 and 14
  • Suicide is the sixth leading cause of death for 5-to-14-year-olds.
  • Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death for all persons regardless of age, sex or race;
  • Every hour and forty-five minutes another young person commits suicide.
  • More than 13 of every 100,000 people aged 15 to 24 committed suicide in 1990. Experts estimate that each year nearly 5,000 teenagers commit suicide.
  • Teen/youth suicide rates have tripled since 1970.
  • Suicide among white males rose 50 percent between 1970 and 1978. The incidence for white females increased 12 percent. Recent studies show suicide among young blacks is also a major problem.
  • The ratio of male to female suicides is four to one. However, young women attempt suicide four times more frequently.
  • Suicide appears to trigger several other suicides within a group such as a school or community.
  • It is estimated that 300 to 400 teen suicides occur per year in Los Angeles County alone; equivalent to one teenager lost every day.
  • Between 26% and 33% of adolescent suicide victims have made a previous suicide attempt.
  • For every suicide, they are 50 to 100 attempts at suicide.
  • Having a firearm in the home greatly increases the risk of youth suicide. Sixty-four percent of suicide victims 10-24 years old use a firearm to complete the act.
  • Biological relatives of a suicidal person are six times more likely to attempt or succeed in suicide than are adoptive relatives.
  • Abuse and Mental Health Administration) shows that thirteen percent of people who commit suicide did so because they were abusing alcohol at the time.
  • 60 percent said they had thought about killing themselves. About 9 percent said they had tried at least once.
  • 90 percent of suicidal teen-agers believed their families did not understand them.
  • The actual number of suicides is two to three times higher than statistics indicate.
  • Tips on Teen Suicide

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    Always take the statements like "I want to kill myself, or I'm going to commit suicide" seriously.

    Ask the child or adolescent whether he or she is depressed or thinking about suicide. Such a question will provide assurance that somebody cares and will give the young person the chance to talk about problems.

    Young people who try to tell their parents about their feelings of unhappiness or failure, are often ignored or denied by their mother and father.

    If the teen-ager is depressed, one should look closely for signs that he or she might be thinking of suicide. See warning sign section.

    If the teen-ager is suspected of thinking about suicide, do not remain silent. Suicide is preventable, but one must act quickly.

    Reassure the teen-ager that he or she is loved. Remind the teen that no matter how awful the problems seem, they can be worked out, and you are willing to help.

    Ask the teen-ager to talk about his or her feelings. Listen carefully. Do not dismiss the problems or get angry.

    Remove all lethal weapons from the home, including guns, pills, kitchen utensils and ropes.

    It's important to you break through the isolation.

    Seek professional help. Ask for help from the teen-ager's pediatrician. A variety of outpatient and hospital-based treatment programs are available.

    Warning Signs on Teen Suicide

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  • a change in eating habits, gain weight or loss of appetite.
  • a change in sleeping habits, sleeping much more or have insomnia
  • withdrawal from friends, family, and regular activities
  • violent actions, rebellious behavior, or running away
  • drug and alcohol use
  • teenage pregnancy
  • unusual neglect of personal appearance
  • fail to live up to his own or someone else's standards (when it comes to school grades, for example)?
  • dramatic personality change
  • persistent boredom, difficulty concentrating, restless or a decline in the quality of schoolwork
  • feel hopeless or guilty, and that life is not worth living
  • sudden mood or behavior changes: too quiet or too hyperactive
  • frequent complaints about physical symptoms, often related to emotions, such as stomachaches, headaches, fatigue, etc.
  • loss of interest in pleasurable activities
  • not tolerating praise or rewards
  • complain of being a bad person or feeling rotten inside
  • give verbal hints with statements such as: "I won't be a problem for you much longer", "Nothing matters", "It's no use", "I won't see you again", and "I'd be better off dead".
  • give away favorite possessions, clean his or her room, throw away important belongings, etc.
  • become suddenly cheerful after a period of depression
  • have signs of psychosis (hallucinations or bizarre thoughts)
  • have trouble with a girlfriend (or a boyfriend)? Or have trouble getting along with other friends or with parents?
  • write notes or poems about death.
  • talk about suicide. Say things like "I can't take it anymore," or "Nobody cares about me". Suicide girl.com

    Solutions for Teen Suicide

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    Do you feel helpless and worthless?

    1) Suicide is not Painless!

    Because the real pain comes after death, being burnt eternally in hell. The Bible teaches that all nonbelievers are destined for hell. Most people misunderstood that once a person dies, that's the end of life. This is not true. All non-believers will be resurrected in the last days (Dan 12:2, Acts 24:15, John 5:28, 29) and punished by burning in hell eternally (Matthew 25:46). A true believer does not commit suicide for humans were made in God's image, thus God disapproves suicide

    2) True Painless Death- Would it be nice to put your life behind you, and start all over again? Would it be nice to start with a clean slate?

    When we put our faith in God, and accept Christ as our savior (Acts 4:12), we become a new person ( 2 Corin 5:17, Roman 6:4-5). All your sins and transgressions are forgiven. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (to die for our sins), that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

    3) How to Be Born Again and be a New Person-

    The Bible teaches that 'if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from death , you will be saved (Romans 10:9)… that whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame (Romans 10:11).

    To a non-Christian, it may seem that Christianity is condemning him or her, by saying that the only way to be saved is to embrace Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). However, before you come to this conclusion, please realize what Christ had done for you. He died for your sins as well as mine through a torturous death so that we can be saved. Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship with God. The following are a few facts about Christianity
    1) It is the only 'religion' that God comes to you (Christ came and died for our sins), instead you trying to reach God by being good enough
    2) It is the only 'religion' that you are accepted not because of how good you are, but what Christ had done on the cross. All you have to do is to repent from your sins and accept Him
    3) It is the only fair 'religion' that both the love and judgment of God are served, with Christ dying for our sins! (sins have to be punished - Judgment, but the punishment was bore by Christ instead of us - Love)

    If you have decided to accept Christ, would you let us know so that we can pray for you?

    Important: People who are suicidal may have serious depression and / or chemical imbalance that need immediate professional attention. Please contact your physician as well as other professionals listed on this page immediately. Yutopian Enterprises is not associated with the organizations mentioned on this page and is not responsible nor liable to any consequences of using their services.

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