Written by Natasha J. Stewart
Looking for teen suicide help either for yourself or for a friend? We're here to help... read Natasha's article below.
Change often occurs when we are ready to give up. -Anonymous
Every year more than 33,000 people in the US commit suicide, one every 16 minutes, with an attempt approximately every minute. Suicide is the fifth leading cause of death among 5-14 year olds and third leading cause in 15-24 year olds.
Why does it happen? Mental illness plagues over 90% of suicide’s victims at the time of their death. Approximately 19 million Americans have depression, yet only 1 in 3 seek help.
Individuals suffering from major depression account for over 60% percent of suicidal deaths. Almost 2 million Americans have Bipolar and 25-50% of that number attempt suicide. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Schizophrenia, and personality disorders also play a role as well as eating disorders and substance abuse.
Psychiatric disorders and addictions are treatable! Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Often individuals who attempt suicide feel that death is the only way out of their unbearable emotional pain. What they don’t realize is that help is available and they will not feel that way forever!
Along with depression or other mental disorders, behaviors that may
signify danger include:
If you are concerned that someone you care about is suicidal, talk to them. Let them know you are concerned and explain why. Asking them if they are suicidal will not push them over the edge, in fact, it gives them the opportunity to come back to safer ground. Listen. Let them know you’ll be there for them. Don’t judge them or preach to them. They don’t want to feel the way the way they do, they need help! Never give up on them!
50-75% of individuals who take their own lives give some warning to a friend or family member.
Tell someone! Ask for help! Get counseling and stay in it! Be open with your counselor and other people you can trust. If you are prescribed medication by a psychiatrist, stay on it! You may have to be psychiatrically hospitalized. That’s okay. Don’t worry about what other people will think or say. Saving your life is first priority. You may truly believe no one loves or cares about you, but someone does. It may be your family, a friend, a pet, or a stranger you haven’t met yet, (like me). In fact, if you didn’t care about yourself at least a little bit, you wouldn’t be reading these words. Keep in mind there is no guarantee of death through a suicide attempt. Suicide is not glamorous. It is not romantic. It is not peaceful. It is not reversible.
Help is available! You will not feel this way forever!
Hope is alive as long as you are!
Check out our recommended teen suicide resources including hotlines, websites, books and a download-able safety plan.
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