By: Kassie Hearn and Morgan Brown
Teen suicide is the third leading cause of death among teen’s ages 15-24 years old. It is the fourth leading cause among children 10-14 years old. People do this because they feel hopeless, anxious, abused, and unsuccessful in school, and/or rejected. Other causes may be parental divorce, domestic violence, substance abuse, or death of a friend. Signs of this may be preoccupation with death, drop in grades, previous death attempts, change in personality, withdrawal from friends, partake in dangerous activities, and giving away personal items. You know that a person is serious when they have developed a plan of action. This can show that the person has put thought into it and could go through with it.
It is very important to get help for yourself, or for a friend or family memeber. As soon as you think that someone may hurt themselves, or you might hurt yourself, tell somebody that can help. For example a teacher/guidance councilor to contact amedical professional. Also, you can call hotlines (800) suicide or talk in chat rooms, on the internet. If you dont talk to somebody about suicidal thoughts it could be the cost of someone's or your own life.