Teen Suicide

by Kiley

3 Vocab words to know

  • Bullycide- This is a new term that identify the children who have been bullied and became so emotional over it that it led them to commit suicide.
  • Suicidal Ideation- Self reported thoughts of engaging in suicide related behavior.
  • Suicidal Intent- To have intent of killing themselves.
The thing that I would like to know is what could lead a teen to want to end their life. What I found from doing my research is 90% of teens who take their own life had a mental disorder such as bipolar disorder or depression. Suicide is the third most leading cause of death, worldwide, of people that are aged 15-44. An estimated 2-15% of people who are diagnosed with major depression take their lives, 3-20% of people who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder take their lives, and 6-15% of people who are diagnosed with schizophrenia take their life. Schizophrenia is a long term metal disorder that involves the breakdown of relation between thought, emotion, and behavior.


  • 81% of suicide victims in the age group of 10-24 age group are male.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people from the age of 10-24
  • More teenagers and young adults die from suicide rather than from cancer, AIDs, heart disease, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease.

I found all of those statistics very surprising because all of that shows that a lot of people die by taking their own lives. About one million people die every year by taking their life, that is worldwide.

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Getting Help

10% of the people who try to commit suicide will go on and die by suicide but that is only 10% and that is on the first try. 80% of those people who die by suicide had made a previous attempt to that one. Only 10% of people die their first attempt so that means that there is a much higher percentage of people that can recover and can be helped. To help someone recover properly, there are slow and cautious steps one should use if you want to help them successfully.

  • Go slow, give them proper recovery time
  • Stick to a plan (check with their doctor before changing ANYTHING)
  • Take all medications that are prescribed
  • Make sure the house and environment is safe for that person (this is almost like child proofing the house for them until they are fully recovered)
  • Do not avoid any changes (behavioral)
  • Stay alert
  • Be low key about most things more so than usual (emotionally around the house)
  • Know how to get help (emergency phone numbers on hand at all times)
  • Be available to listen no matter what (they may need that more than anything and that could help so much)
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Portner, Jessica. "Many Factors Contribute to Teen Suicide." Suicide. Ed. Roman Espejo. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2003. Opposing Viewpoints. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 14 Sept. 2016.

"US Suicide Rates for Teens Aged 15-19 in 2013, by State." Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2015. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 14 Sept. 2016.