Suicide Prevention Month
A miscommunication teens keep to themselves.
Is among the ten causes of death in adolescents and young adults worldwide. Suicide is mainly a problem associated with adolescence, particularly between 15 and 19 years of age.
In the United States, suicide is the second or third cause of death in adolescents. There are about 2000 deaths per year. And it should still be borne in mind that probably a certain number of deaths attributed to accidents, such as vehicles and firearms, are actually suicides. There are many more young people who attempt suicide than those who achieve it.
A survey conducted in the United States by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 28% of high school students had suicidal thoughts and that 8% had tried to commit suicide.
Often, suicide attempts involve the existence of a certain ambivalence in relation to the desire to die and are often a way of asking for help. American teens, boys outnumber girls in completed suicides in a ratio greater than 4 to 1. However, girls are 2 to 3 times more likely to attempt suicide.
Why do teens commit suicide?
Adults play a main role in how their children will develop and adapt to their surroundings. Many of the times when there is problems at home and school teens will struggle to communicate with others to express how they are feeling. Parent’s Thoughts. This is what parents had to say. Claudia Camarillo, mother of three said, “ Yo pienso que los adolescentes piensan que nadie los comprende que nunca encontrarán una salida a un problema que realmente tiene salida, pero para su corta edad ellos crean que nunca tendrán una salida a sus problemas qué es el fin del mundo.”
Camarillo pointed out that as humans we always see the bad side of us instead of what makes us great individuals, she said that we need to start making a change in how we see ourselves.
Mila Obnial mother and grandmother believes that suicide is a miscommunication, she thinks that teens are not opened to their parents or friends and they just want to keep their problems to themselves, but if teens start to express their problems to an adult she believes the high rates of suicide can be lowered down.
How can Suicide be Prevented?
- Do not let a teenager’s depression or anxiety increase without control. Maybe your child is just having a bad day, but it could be something else if it lasts more than a couple of weeks.
- Listen to your teenager, even when he is not talking (look for symptoms). Not all, but most children who are thinking about suicide show their mental state through conflicting behaviors. Behaviors such as aggressiveness, isolation, and lack of reflexivity.
- Seek professional help. If your child’s behavior has you worried look for professional help, contact a mental health provider in your area who works with children to evaluate your child.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline # 1-800-273-8255
Alberto López is a firm believer of equal rights, opportunities, and equal pay. Alberto López is Junior Class President and NHS Vice-president he uses his positions to offering different possibilities, such as volunteer work and joining programs to students who want his help. Alberto believes in equal pay for equal work. He supports the WNT and firmly believes they should be equally as the MNT.
A polymath would be a word that describes how Alberto wants to be in school. He is currently taking some college classes and Journalism in high school. His favorite course is Journalism because he loves the aspect of storytelling the truth, he hopes to share the beauty in everyday life.
Math would be his strongest subject since Mrs. Queen, Alberts math teacher is engaging, caring and a good motivator. Although, Mr. Villareal Albert’s physics teacher is the best in the world he still struggles with that subject. Mr. Villareal showcases the beauty of physics in our everyday life like no other instructor. Mrs. Villareal, the vice principal at Jimmy Carter Early College High School, has affected Albert in the most negative way. Albert is weird and insecure his insecurities have never let him be proud of who he is, he ones trusted his vice principal and was willing to share a lot more with her, but that trust Albert had faded away, “I get it I’m journalism I like being chismoso.” Alberts “second mom” Mrs. Obnial has taught him so much, her impact on his life have made him a better person also Mr. Silva believe or not he is an excellent teacher full of love to share to his students.
Soccer is Alberts favorite sport this season he is not playing for his team for personal reasons, he is currently doing track and hopes to make the relays team and qualify to state. Making the team would be hard since it’s his first year doing track full time, but he believes everything is possible with a positive attitude. The Healthy Texas Youth Ambassador Program is part of Alberts life he is motivated, excited, and ready to make a change in his community health.
Like anyone else, Albert has many goals. He would love to convince his parents to get his passport so he can finally go to Mexico to teach kids at a low-income neighborhood. He will also love to be accepted to this summers Journalism Program at Princeton University- where he hopes to learn more about journalism.
Refugio López and Raquel Silva came to the US to give their kids a better life and an education they would love to see Alberto live the American dream. If Albert goes to college he will start a tradition for upcoming generations of his family he would love to be the first Lopez to go to college and become a kid from The Valley who’s living a great life. Alberts biggest inspiration to go to college is his dad.
UCLA or Texas ATM would be Alberts dream university, he is still not sure of what he wants to do but hopes in having a career that he loves. Traveling around the world to less fortunate places to help is what Albert wants to do to give back to the community and the world.