Sunday, April 10, 2011

Suicide Among the Youth

By: Brittanie DeShields

For my organic post I have decided to do it on teen suicide. This has always been something that has bothered me very much. Many people don't understand what these people go through especially if they have never been in this situation. When a person comes to anyone about being suicidal it is their way of asking for help because they trust that person will not judge them. They also don't realize IT IS OKAY TO ASK FOR HELP!!... I wish some would realize this sooner than later.

According to the American Association of Suicidology:
  • Each year, there are approximately 10 youth suicides for every 100,000 youth.
  • Each day, there are approximately 12 youth suicides.
  • Every 2 hours and 11 minutes, a person under the age of 25 completes suicide.
  • In 2005, 270 children ages 10 to 14 completed suicide in the U.S.

Most teens have so many things going on in their lives and so much pressure put on them that many people don't realize when they are not okay. They feel as if they have no other choice but to agree to doing everything to please others but they aren't focusing on themselves. If they are being bullied at school, having problems at home, failing school, a victim of abuse, anything that triggers them to not feel worthy will leave them feeling completely helpless. These are all things that lead to depression which plays a large role in suicide. This is when they need help the most!

The above link has many more statistics and other useful information. I hope we can all just find a way to help save someones life if they come to any of us looking for help.


  1. It sad to hear about a young person committing suicide. I think whats going on in your life that so bad that you had to do that.I don;t understand

  2. There is so much pressure from the media and other teens that I can imagine the suicides in young teens being that high. It is a problem that we rarely address and I believe that someone should take notice. There is a lot of pressure on being young now and are issues that need to be addressed in order to fix this problem.

  3. It is crazy to think that everyday there are 12 kids that commit suicide. It is sad too, because there are ways to prevent suicide. And these kids are just starting their lives and don't realize things do get better in time. This a very informative post, nicely done Brittanie

  4. I also think suicide among youth is a sad and emotional matter because nobody wants to hear about young people commiting suicide when there so much out there for them. I agree how bullying can play apart in a person suicide which reminds me of the situation when a Rutger college student killed himself because his roommates secretly live stream him and another man having sex. I think That was really cruel and heartless of his roommates. When I was younger I would see alot of advertisement on helplines to help kids with depression but not much these days(maybe because I don't watch much TV) because these kids need to know that their not alone and there's help whenever they need someone to talk to and listen to their problems.

  5. Very informative post, and I also feel really strongly in the prevention of youth suicide. When I was sixteen my best friend killed himself, and again when I was seventeen another person very close to me did. It's a devastating event for anyone who even knew the person, especially considering because they are so young (as was touched on in last class's reading about the church). Resources such as teen hotlines and data bases need to be more prominently available so the youth can get the help before the decision is made. It needs to not be such a hush hush issue any more if we want to keep our youth alive.

  6. I agree youth suicide is a touchy subject, but I feel as though it needs to be addressed also. These suicidal teens need to have some sort of support system; so that they are and continue to be reassured that they matter and in fact have a purpose in life. No one wants to hear the sad story of a CHILD deciding to end their life. They have so much to live for.

  7. I am so shocked by the amount of suicide and especially at such a young age too. Besides the fact of young kids not aware that it's okay to ask for help, the bigger issue I think is that many kids don't believe that anyone understands them or believe them. I was actually watching CSI two days ago about a girl who committed suicide from being bullied, her boyfriend neglected her not wanting her to keep her pregnancy and a mother who is never around for her. She had nobody to run to and hanged herself. I think all parents are a big role in helping their kids.

  8. Quiessence RoysterApril 13, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Thank you for doing this as an organic post. Teen suicide is something that I was always made aware of but it wasn't until this year that I was enlightened on the magnitude of this problem and shined the light in even more. The most shocking thing I found out before reading your post was that kids as young as 10 were committing suicide. After reading your post I know even more shocking statistics as well as great helpful information!