PSA Teen Suicide Ethan


Ethan Pfeifer, Staff Writer

               Unbelievable as it is, suicide is the third-leading cause of death for people 15-24 years of age.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that for almost every teenage suicide there were at least 25 attempts by that person before completing a suicide. Males make up 79% of all suicides, while females are more prone to having suicidal thoughts.  

Teenagers who have an access to a firearm within the home increases the probability of suicide.  Nearly 60% of suicides are committed with a gun in the United States.  Another way for teens to take their lives, is overdosing on over-the- counter drugs or prescription medicines.  They can purchase over-the- counter drugs very easily and raid a family’s medicine cabinet for drugs used by family members.  There is another way that they can get their drugs is through trading with classmates or friends at school.  Many times they do this to feel accepted by peers, only to use them later to take their life.

It’s hard to be a teenager–they are not an adult yet, but feel pressure to make sure they act appropriately in given situations.  It’s a time of severe stress for many working hard for acceptance and perfection. This stress can lead to mental health issues and depression.  When these go unnoticed or untreated, suicide becomes the answer for teens.

When there is a lack of support or guidance, a teen can feel lost or isolated.  Adding to this is that some families have a history of suicide or depression which can increase suicide tensions.  Teens can feel hopelessness and worthlessness.

Many issues can cause suicidal thoughts in teens.  It could be relationship problems with family and peers, a family conflict, problems with school, and a breakup with a boyfriend or girlfriend.  There are warning signs to look for:  a person talking about suicide, giving away prized possessions, pulling away from family and friends, not focusing on tasks or school, losing interest in activities, and giving hints that they aren’t going to be around much longer.

Parents and friends must watch and listen and get help immediately.  Take them immediately to a doctor or call (800) suicide.