Teen Suicide

  Depression is one of the main causes of suicide. A teen with depression has two times a chance to commit suicide. 20% of teens will experience depression before becoming an adult. Besides suicide depression can also make teens develop drug abuse problems, have problems at school, self injury, and running away. Symptoms of depression are an angry mood, aches and pains, sensitivity, and withdrawing from friends and family. Depression is what people think when they think of suicide because it is a depression topic.

  Suicide as you can see is a very real and d   Teen suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among teens in the U.S. In high school it is proven that around 14% have considered suicide and 7% have attempted. Bullying, depression, and suicide challenges are what lead to this devastating problem.  As the years are progressing suicide rates are skyrocketing. Suicide victims usually make their decision because they are being bullied.

Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. According to the American SPCC 28% of students in grades 6-12 are bullied in the U.S. Most teenagers are bullied for being weird, less popular, part of LGBTQ+, being depressed, their clothes, or just being perceived as different from everyone else. Bully victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide. Bully- related suicide can be connected to physical bullying, emotional bullying, cyberbullying, or circulating suggestive or nude photos or messages about a person. Some people become bullies simply because they are insecure or they have something going on in their lives. Bullying can usually be stopped when a bystander or victim stands up and challenges the bully. Many times bystanders do not speak up because they are afraid that if they do then they will be bullied as well. Talking to an adult can also help stop the bully. In 2010, 11-year old Ty Smalley took his own life to escape bullying. This caused his parents to start Stand For The Silent (SFTS) to raise awareness about bullying.

Another source of suicides are suicide challenges. Suicide challenges can peer pressure teens into taking their own life simply because they want to fit in with the crowd. The Blue Whale Challenge is a challenge where teens get a series of tasks to complete over a 50-day period. The tasks include self harm and eventually suicide. This challenge was created earlier on, but was only brought to the public’s attention when a 15-year old took her life after posting a picture captioned “nye bye.” The creator of the challenge is Phillip Budeikin, who created the challenge to “cleanse society of people he thought held no value.”

Suicide is a very devastating topic. Suicide claims over 800,000 lives each year according to Suicide Awareness Voices of Education. To help with this problem schools and other suicide awareness programs inform kids that it is ok to ask for help and that they are not alone. Many teens look to suicide as a way out, when it is most certainly not.