Teen suicide is generation Z’s biggest problem right now. Many teens have committed suicide this past year everywhere in the U.S. It is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24. Imagine you losing someone to suicide and not knowing how you could stop it.
Depression is a major part of most suicides. The definition of depression is a medical condition that makes a person feel extremely upset,worthless, and can’t live a normal life.
It is also the leading cause of suicides. There are ways to see if you or someone you know has depression. Some symptoms according to “ Teen Suicide” are memory loss,difficulty with concentrating, mood fluctuations, and separation from family and friends(1).
How To Stop Depression There are many things you can do to help calm it down or stop it. Many doctors prescribe common anti- depressants like Zoloft, Prozac, and Luvox. You have to watch the person taking it because they can overdose on those drugs. Also therapy can help a lot in most cases.
The three stage screening process can help diagnose at risk teens. It has three different stages that the person has to go through. It is considered a treatment for students at schools.
The First Stage In the first stage of the treatment the participants take a survey to help diagnose what needs to happen next. If the results say they may cause self harm they move on to the second stage.
The Second Stage The second stage is kind of like the first, but it diagnoses what they may have through a computer interview.
The Third Stage The third is a test to see if they need intervention and how susceptible they are to suicide.
There are three ways to help educate people any age about suicide and to see if they are suicidal. The first idea is used in the United States mostly and teaches students that suicide is bad, and has many cons. The second idea helps mostly people like guidance counselors learn to identify people at risk and help them with connections to get help. Finally the last action is to question teenagers and ask if they’re suicidal(“ A Three-Stage Screening” 4). There are also prevention lines that when people contemplating suicide can call for help.
In most cases according to “ The Extent of Teen Suicide Is Exaggerated”, they are just people wanting attention, not wanting to die(1). They usually come from split or abusive families and receive no recognition. An interviewer interviewed 12 girls after their friend had committed suicide. They all had said that they had thought about killing themselves after her death. Is it that the idea of suicide sounded good because their friend did it?
Most Suicides Aren’t Teens Teen suicides are less likely than adult suicides. Usually they’re going through their life crisis. About one-third of the adult suicides are homosexual.
The Media’s Part Surprisingly the media has a negative effect on suicides. The band Suicidal Tendencies sings in one of their songs about different ways to kill themselves. Many teenagers listen to them and get the idea maybe it is okay. Just like many teenagers listen to provocative music and receive negative ideas that they follow through.
After someone has lost someone to suicide, they will be in the grieving process for a while. Sometimes they can have the idea that if they kill themselves they will be with that person again. Families can be broken up because of this too.
We need to stop the statistics from rising for Generation Alpha. We have lost enough people to suicide. Try to learn the signs, because someone you love could be next if you don’t.
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