Your Choice.

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Your Choice

'Battle scars on my arm, I look at them in awe, I see a glimpse into the past, a time I thought I wouldn't last, I see myself within my scars, the truth the lies they are all me, if only it was then when you could see, a lake of fire was burning within, the red flames poured out through my skin, it was a lake of fire, to you it was blood, bleeding out from me, you treated as if I scraped my knee, if only you knew this blood came a knife, a knife that could take my life, I have the will, but I will be strong, and cut myself when all is wrong. Dying by my own hand, that would be fine, that is a dream of mine, then I wake up and see that I'm here, and look forward to my final fear.


Nobody choose to be born but we all have the decision not to live. Teenagers face many problems today some say many more then in the past. Depression, gangs, drugs are all negative examples contributing to adolescent. Suicide, a very serious issue seems to come up more and more often. 'I am depressed, ashamed of my looks, I have no friends...nothing,' pleaded a troubled teenager, 'Killing myself is the only solution.' Is it? If I said 'There is always a better solution then death, 'most everyone would agree with me but if I said, 'maybe it is the right thing to do,' I would face a lot of controversy.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people 15 to 25 years of age, following unintentional injuries and homicide. Across the country, psychologist are treating the 'suicidal...