Essay by terry_thommoB-, May 2004

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Almost everyone at some time in his or her life will experience periods of anxiety, sadness, and despair. These are normal reactions to the pain of loss, rejection, or disappointment. Those with serious mental illnesses, however, often experience more extreme reactions, that don't leave the mind. Teenagers think when all hope is lost, that suicide is the only decision.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, scientific evidence has shown that almost all people who take their own lives have a diagnosable mental or substance abuse disorder, and the majority have more than one disorder. In other words, the feelings that often lead to suicide are highly treatable. That is why all of us, including adolescents have to come to a better understanding on what causes teenage suicide. With more knowledge, we, as a community, will be better armed to prevent the devastation of losing not only a loved one, but also depriving our future of potentially great citizens.

The evidence shows that a high suicide rate is often accompanied by a steady increase in hospitalisation from self inflicted injuries. More male than females die from suicide, however, there are more attempts from females, trying to commit suicide. 50% of all deaths from suicide are due to hanging.

Research has found that most suicides occur in the persons own home, either very early in the morning or very late in the night. People who talk about suicide often commit suicide. (Any talk about suicide should always be taken seriously. Many teenagers who have committed suicide were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. More parents, teachers and families needs to be made aware of this.)

So what can we do to prevent such high statics of suicide among teenagers? It is evident that people are...