Suicide Awareness Month


Kelsy Pacheco

Being there for a friend in need can help improve their mental state of being.

Bhargavi Pochi, Staff Writer

Weeks ago, one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood, Robin Williams committed suicide. This left the world in complete shock. How could such a comedic, joyful man be in such a dark place? After Williams’ tragic death, people started posting all over social media about how people who seem the happiest are usually the saddest inside. What about all of the teens who have taken their lives in the previous years? Does it really take a celebrity’s death to raise awareness on the desperate act of suicide? 

Over a decade, an estimated 39,518 teens committed suicide in the United States. Surprisingly, suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents, the first being distracted driving. Recently, it has become epidemic around the world. Everyday, approximately 12 teens commit suicide, a distraught act that completely destroys any chance of recovery. Imagine not being able to watch the sunrise or sunset, or missing out on the little things that make life worth living. Unfortunately, suicide isn’t discussed in classrooms, which renders many students ignorant on the topic.

“I think teen suicide is caused by many factors like school, friends, family, sexuality etc. Many kids feel the pressure of getting an education while still remaining one with modern culture…teens who commit suicide, feel the only way out of their stressful life is through death,” freshman Alyssa Lamadriz said.

One of the main causes of suicide is overlooking mental health issues (e.g. depression, anxiety, stress, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD). The lack of mental health care is a significant factor contributing to high suicide rates. Bullying, self-esteem issues or troubled family life, also play a large role in the growth of adolescent suicide.

Facts About Teen Suicide:

  • Native American youth have the highest suicide rate out of all races.
  • Boys are more likely to commit suicide than girls.
  • Suicide rates are highest during spring.
  • Over half of successful suicides are completed with a firearm.
  • Depression is the leading cause of suicide.

Warning Signs:

  • Extreme mood swings
  • Isolation
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Frequent talks about death
  • Too much or too little sleep

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“I think people should pay attention to a person who needs help; they shouldn’t just shrug it off because that person might be in a lot of pain or feel as if no one cares,” sophomore Alexis Clay said.

Suicide is a completely preventable act. Raising awareness on such a serious topic can convince people to take action and help those in need. Being aware of certain behavioral changes amongst your friends, and taking precautions can possibly prevent a friend’s suicide. Remember to always put your health before anything else, take care of yourself and look out for others. Only you can help stop this suicide epidemic.

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