Teen Suicide- What Friends and Outside Influences Can Do to Help Prevent this Tragedy

Please take a minute to read this article; it carries an important message regarding teenagers and suicide. And if sharing Ipuna Black’s thoughts will boost awareness of teen suicide, I will push this reblog button a million times and again.

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
Oscar Wilde

Ipuna Black

Globally, over 800,000 people die each year of suicide, and there are MANY more who attempt suicide [World Health Organization (WHO), 2012]. Teen suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death among teens/young adults ages 15-29 years old (WHO, 2012).

Additional Teen Suicide Statistics for the U.S.

  • There is an average of over 5,240 attempts by young people grades 7-12.
  • Approximately 157,000 youth between the ages of 10 and 24 receive medical care for self-inflicted injuries at Emergency Departments.
  • Boys are more likely than girls to die from suicide.
  • Girls are more likely to report attempting suicide than boys.

Sixth Grader Thinking About Suicide

Suicide, in general, is a major concern, and the rate of teen suicide is alarming. My daughter knows a girl who talked about it because of her home environment. My daughter is in sixth grade! I had the opportunity to speak to…

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6 thoughts on “Teen Suicide- What Friends and Outside Influences Can Do to Help Prevent this Tragedy

    1. I am not an expert by any means, but I think that is one issue–the idea that teenagers have little to worry about. I think as a whole, we see they have their whole lives ahead. But in some instances they lack coping skills that might help them face various life challenges. Building resiliency is useful, but how does a teen know about wellness tools that may equip them to maneuver through life’s barriers? It is sad. I have known co-workers who have lost their child to suicide or who have a child who have attempted suicide. For example, military deployments are tough on our kids, not to mention some move fairly frequently. I am no longer in the service, but this was an occurrence one too many times. In reality, suicide can effect any child from any community. My daughter just attended a funeral for a fellow classmate who took his life. So encouraging awareness is critical. I appreciate your comment and understand what you mean: they have their whole lives ahead of them. But sometimes our youth cannot see that for one reason or another. So we have to show them how to be hopeful. And I believe that means acknowledging their depression and getting them professional help. Thank you so much for commenting and caring enough to read! 🙂

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      1. Wow, I learn one more interesting thing, from your comment it looks like in your part of the world it’s quite common.

        In our end, it’s a rarity, like we are surprise to hear that it happened even. Except recently in news, that it came out, due to love affairs, and usually in our part of the world having a boy/girlfriend is a social taboo, so parents usually discourage them.

        So the duo took the suicide step.

        And it was taken quite a bit! Other than this, rarely we read or observe that suicide happened for a teen.

        For grown up its pretty much happens not to that extent. But it is their.

        So it’s a bit of an interesting thing to read and understand it.

        I think our way of style is way different, as a family we have a strong network. The interdependency is a lot more than in the West.

        We don’t have culture normally to leave parents an many other things, although a lot of Western Culture is being taken by the younger generation, and so the related issues with it.

        So thanks for giving insight to the topic!

        Much appreciated.

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