A very large amount of people are affected by teen suicides, a person who committed or attempted suicide may very well be surprised. Family members, friends, teammates, neighbors, and sometimes even those who didn’t know the teen well might experience feelings of grief, confusion, guilt — and the sense that if only they had done something differently, the suicide could have been prevented. This is why it is very important to know as much as you can about teen suicide, so you understand it better.
Teen suicide in general
Reasons for an adolescent suicide are usually far from simple, and suicide rates radically increase during puberty. Suicide is even the third largest cause of death in teenagers, being beaten by murder and accidents.
As you can imagine, when given access to lethal weapons like knifes and guns the suicide rates increase. For example, did you know that 60% (yes, 60) of suicides in the US are committed with a gun? This is one reason why it’s foolish to have guns in your house.
The rates of suicide in teenage girls and in teenage boys differ greatly. For example, girls will think about it more and will attempt suicide twice as often as boys will. Girls are more likely to attempt suicide by overdosing or by cutting. Boys however tend to die from suicide attempts four times more often. This is most likely because they use more lethal methods like hanging, shooting themselves and jumping from large heights.
Who is more at risk?
Being a teenager is pretty hard. You’re body is going through so many changes, you’re hormonal and emotionally unstable most of the time and you’re full of confusion and anxieties. You’re being pressured to do things everyday be it school, getting a job etc.. Someone with a decent group of friends to talk to, or who has extra-curricular groups and activities and other things to vent their feelings are able to cope most of the time and find it easier to deal with their problems. Many teenagers, however, feel as if they do not have this or as if they do not belong to a group of any kind. These are people who are more at risk of attempting suicide or have suicidal thoughts.
There are also several factors that increase the rate of suicide in teens, these include:
- Mental health problems- Especially depression, bi-polar disorder and also the abuse of drugs and alcohol can cause mental health problems.
- Feelings of distress, irritability, or agitation
- Lack of a support network, poor relationships with parents or peers, and feelings of social isolation
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness that often accompany depression
Suicide among teens often occurs following a stressful life event, such as a perceived failure at school, a breakup with a boyfriend or girlfriend, the death of a loved one, a divorce, or a major family conflict.
A teen who is thinking about suicide might:
- talk about suicide or death in general
- talk about “going away”
- talk about feeling hopeless or feeling guilty
- pull away from friends or family
- lose the desire to take part in favorite things or activities
- have trouble concentrating or thinking clearly
- experience changes in eating or sleeping habits
- self-destructive behavior (drinking alcohol, taking drugs, or driving too fast, for example)
If you watch out for this behaviour in family members or in friends and you take the correct actions, you may very well help stop someone from taking their own life. The impact that is left is permanent and is very destructive. Look out for someone you’re worried about and you could save many people’s lives from falling apart.
If you are concerned about someone, check out this website a number to ring to speak to someone about it and to gain general information;
Thank you for reading,