. ssible suicide. Change in eating and sleeping habits. Some suicidal teens, without realizing it, try to starve themselves.
Burdened by severe depression, they seem to care nothing for food. Others eat all the time.Either way, its a sign of trouble. Another indication of trouble is a change in sleeping habits. Some depressed people sleep most of the day, while others have trouble sleeping.
Hurting oneself. Teenagers who are at the point of suicide may first try it on a small scale.In one “accident” after another, they may cut, burn, or injure themselves. These are not really accidents. This is self-destructive behavior, which, in effect, is an effort to punish oneself. Physical problems. Some suicidal teenagers can develop physical problems that are not caused by any illness.
Such problems, like vomiting everyday before school, can be caused by severe depression. Nearly three times more women than men attempt suicide, but nearly four times more men then women actually kill themselves. Experts say one reason is the different methods of suicides used by males and females. Women tend to choose less violent, less effective methods of killing themselves than men do. Women are more likely to overdose on drugs than to use guns or to hang themselves.
One reason could be that fewer women have access to guns or know how to use them. Taking narcotics (drugs that cause sleep or that relieve pain) is the method of suicide most used by teenagers, especially girls.This is because sleeping pills and certain other narcotics are often found in houdsehold medicine cabinets. Drugs are a less effective method though because they take more time to kill a person.
If the victim is discovered in time, and immediate help is found, he or she may be saved. This is the reason fewer girls die by suicide, although many more attempt it. The second most common method of suicide, and the one most popular with boys, is the use of firearms.Putting a loaded gun to your head, and pulling the trigger is final. Death usually occurs instantly. There is no going back.
There is rarely any chance for the victim to get help. This is why more teen boys die than teen girls.Slashing the wrists is another means used by girls. Just like taking drugs, bleeding to death is a slow way of dying. If help is close, the victim might be saved. Poisonous gas also brings slow death.
Inhaling the carbon monoxide from car exhaust is one method of teen suicide. Turning on the engine of an automobile that is in a closed garage fills the air with carbon monoxide.This makes the victim sleepy. Again, if help comes in time the teen has a chance of recovery. Drowning, jumping from a skyscraper or bridge, and standing in the path of a moving vehicle are all methods of suicide most commonly used by adults and not the teens. It is difficult to dive into deep water when you cannot swim, or jump off a very high building.
Many depressed teenagers are confused and scared about committing suicide.Their uncertainty and fear lead them to choose a method where less courage is required. Sociologists say that teen suicide is an epidemic. When one teenager commits suicide, several others seem to follow. Every 105 minutes another person under the age of 25 dies by committing suicide. That’s 13 a day.In one Colorado County alone, 18 teenagers killed themselves in just 18 months.
During a five-week period at an Arkansas high school, 4 boys committed suicide. In New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Texas, and elsewhere, “cluster” suicides have become a tragic new epidemic. Why does one suicide lead to so many others? Teenagers tend to follow the crowd more than people in other age groups do. When a young person commits suicide, they are sometimes seen as a hero, one who is not afraid to carry out a threat or to take “the big step”.Teen suicide is a sad and awful thing. There are ways each and every one of us can help to prevent suicide. The number-one rule in suicide prevention is Don’t Stay silent! If someone says they’re going to commit suicide believe them.
Don’t think that this crazy idea will pass. Even if the suicidal person pleads with you not to tell, never promise to keep quiet. It could mean their life. Many teenagers who attempt suicide are loners.They think they have no one to talk to, no one who cares.
They simply want someone to help them. If a suicidal person can tell someone about his or her feelings, it may help to ease the depression. Here are some things to remember: Taken from Eleanor Ayer’s book Teen Suicide: Is it too painful to grow up? Be alert for weapons of self-destruction, such as guns, knives, razors, and pills.
Take steps to get them removed.Don’t be afraid to ask directly, “Are you planning to commit suicide?” This approach is much better than a question like, “You wouldn’t really do anything to hurt yourself, would you?” If the answer to your straightforward question is yes, do not appear shocked. This could cause the person to lose faith in you as a friend and supporter. Never leave a suicidal person alone. Try to find the time to sit down and talk with the person. Try not to make the person feel guilty by saying things like, “think how your parents would feel.” Don’t criticize.”Let’s talk about solutions other than suicide” is better than “You’re kidding me!You’re going to kill yourself just because you’re failing math? Don’t offer false hope.
Shallow promises like “You’ll feel better tomorrow,” or “Cheer up-things aren’t that bad,” show that you dont understand. For a suicidal person, there may be no tomorrow, and thingsreally are that bad. Reverse psychology doesn’t work on a suicidal teenager. If a friend says, “I’m going to commit suicide,”don’t say “Yeah, right.Go ahead. I dare you.” This may push the person over the edge. Offer comfort, but not advice.
Suicidal teenagers do not want to hear what you would do In this situation. Even if they ask, most do not intend to follow your suggestions.Never swear yourself to secrecy. Do not agree not to tell. When you are dealing with a suicidal person, you need to get help at once, no matter what the person says. Don’t be too casual. Comments like “I know how you feel, I’ve been depressed myself,” only show a suicidal teen that you do not understand. Unless you have tried to commit suicide yourself, you do not really know how hopeless and unhappy this person feels.
You need to let him or her know that you understand how serious the situation really is, without pretending to be an expert. Never Argue. A suicidal teenager is already at the emotional breaking point. He or she needs a friend, not an enemy-someone who will show caring and understanding. And last is Don’t ask a depressed person why he or she wants to commit suicide. Instead, listen and try to encourage the person to talk.Then you will know why without asking.
Getting the person to talk and being a good listener are two of the best ways a friend or family member can help prevent suicide. There have been many programs dedicated to helping prevent teenage suicide. Perhaps themost famous is the Yellow Ribbon Project. You all might remember a couple months back there was a week dedicated to the Yellow Ribbon Project. We hung up yellow ribbons all around the school and had little cards (hold up the card) that look like this out.Well the whole yellow Ribbon Project started with a story of a young man named Mike Emme who killed himself. His parents were so grief stricken and shocked that they decided they wanted to do everything they could to help prevent other teens from doing the same thing their son did.
I will now hand out a the story courtesy of Chicken Soup for the teenage soul. Its called I’ll Always Be With You. Since this story was printed, it has helped many people cope with suicide.It has also prevented many teens from taking the final step to suicide. There are also many other places you can go to get help with suicide. There are many hotlines out there that you can call up anytime you want, they include: National Suicide Hotline (24 Hours) Teenage Suicide Center 1-800-555-1212 3811 O’Hara Street Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (412) 624-0729 Father Flanagan’s Boys Town Hotline Youth Suicide National Center (for boys and girls) 1-800-448-3000 1825 Eye Street, N.W.
Suite 400 Washington, D.C. 20006 (202) 429-2016 National Institution of Mental Health (NIMH) 5600 Fishers Lane Room 17-99 Rockville, MD 20857 (301) 443-3673 Suicide is growing quickly among teens in the United States.Sometimes when a teen enters a state of deep depression, they see suicide as a way out.
They make a final solution to a temporary problem. Well, suicide is not the way to solve a bad situation in your life. Someone will always be there for you. Not only do you suffer when you commit suicide; it also affects your family, friends, and all the people around you.There are many reasons people commit suicide, depression, bad grades, pregnancy, not being able to be with the one you love, the list goes on. Especially with the recent events in Columbine High School with the suicide murder massacre, we see that this has to come to a stop.
We need to work together to try to prevent suicide from happening. When a situation gets bad, do not see suicide as a way out. Wait it out, and eventually things will get better.