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  • Today, we will be doing a presentation on teen suicide.
  • This is a sensitive issue that is not often discussed among adults - even other teens. We want to inform and break misconceptions surrounding teen suicide.
  • “Suicidal behavior refers to actions taken by one who is considering or preparing to cause his or her own death. Suicide attempt or gesture usually refers to an act focused on causing one's own death that is unsuccessful in causing death. Suicide refers to having intentionally caused one's own death.”
  • So, lets start wirth the basics, what is teen suicide?
  • Many teens who are suicidal suffer from a mental illness, and are not able to find adequate resources for helping with mental issues, and disorders such as depression are left untreated. Many trusted adults dismiss symptoms of mental illness as teen angst or normal hormonal imbalances (some do not even believe in certain mental disorders);
  • Why is this a problem for teens?
  • not only are teens usually unable to access medical attention on their own, but uneducated adults in power do not offer resources either. However; other main causes for suicide in adolescents include family dynamics, stress, substance abuse, death of a friend or family member, loss of a relationship(s), family violence, bullying, physical and/or sexual abuse and interpersonal losses.
  • --Now the eighth-leading cause of death overall in the U.S. and the third-leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 24 years, is suicide.
  • Here are some statistics
  • Each day in our nation there are an average of over 5,400 attempts by young people grades 7-12.
  • It is recommended that teens seek medical help for any underlying mental problems that may be contributing to suicidal ideations by telling a trusted adult. If the adult, for whatever reason, do not offer help, tell someone else.
  • What are some solutions?
  • It is vital for teens to find an adult who is able to direct them to medical help, as the number one leading cause of attempted/completed death by suicide is UNTREATED depression.
  • My biggest learning has been that so many people overlook the signs of mental illnesses which most often times signs are shown over a long period of time.
  • What can we conclude?
  • Yes, there is not enough awareness for recognizing the signs of depression and potentially suicidal ideations, oftentimes signs are overlooked and teens believe they can handle the situations on their own.
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