Teen Suicide

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Introduction
No one wants to believe that suicide is one of the leading causes of death for adolescents. It is however just that, a leading cause of death. “Currently, suicide ranks as the third leading cause of death among youth aged 15-24 years. Since the 1950’s the suicide rate of young adults has more than tripled while the rate f the overall population has remained relatively stable” (King et at, 2011, pg.581). The causes of teen suicide are many but there are scenarios that increase a teen’s risk for choosing suicide. Socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, hostile social environment, lack of education choices can all play a negative role in adolescent development.
Suicide Characteristics
The McWhirter text gives 13 characteristics of teens that tend to be more at rick of suicide. It is important to remember that most times multiple characteristic are present and they contribute to each other in a circular pattern. Substance abuse, which includes both alcohol and drugs, can increase a teen’s rick for suicide. Another characteristic is under and or over achievement. Teens that have high academic expectation placed on them can also increase the risk of suicide. Other characteristics of at risk youth are sexual orientation, troubled family life, poor self-image as well. Depression is one of the big characteristics that are seen in youths that attempt suicide or complete a suicide attempt. “Unfortunately, youth depression often goes unrecognized by parents and professionals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that only 29% of people with depression receive help from a mental health professional” (King et al, 2011, pg.582).

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