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Teenage depression and suicide

 

February 1, 2018

Amy Bauer Student Journalism

Created and taken by Amy Bauer

This is one of the hardest things for parents, guardians, and other adults to speak about with teenagers in their lives. It is also one of the most important. In today's society, there is a lot of pressure put on teens to be perfect and to fit in with everyone around them, or face rejection and be labeled an outcast. With all the technology around today, cyber bullying is huge. Even if it doesn't seem like it; nasty texts, posts, comments, accounts, and other forms of social media pop up and can leave worse scars than physical abuse. Schools have started becoming stricter on putting a stop to the social media abuse but they can't stop it all. There isn't too much that can be done about it, that's what makes it so scary and surreal. Even teens who don't want to fit in and who don't follow the popular trends still have their own areas they are wanting to fit into. Humans are a social species. We thrive for human interaction

Sometimes a person can show signs of being depressed or suicidal. Signs in young adults can include; problems at school, running away from home, drug and alcohol abuse, low self-esteem, smartphone addiction, reckless behavior, violent tendencies, making jokes about death, and that is just to name a few. Even then sometimes, a person won't show any signs at all. Unlike adults, teens do not go out of their way to seek help, they rely on the adults in their life to recognize their suffering. That's why it is important to talk about it. It's important not to discredit any feelings and thoughts that a teen might have, especially if they have come to you and have opened up. According to bullyingstatistics.org, "Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), for every suicide among young people there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it." Talking about these kind of things is hard. Many teens will suffer from depression at some point in their adolescence and not receive any help. Depression and suicide isn't something that should be treated as a taboo. It's something that needs to be talked about.

If you suspect that a teenager is suicidal, take immediate action! For 24-hour suicide prevention and support in the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK. To find a suicide helpline outside the U.S., visit IASP or Suicide.org.

 

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