Teen Suicide

Suicide Prevention Month

Teen Suicide  

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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

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