Every year thousands of youth in the United States die, not by car
accidents or diseases, but by their own hands. Every 90 seconds a teenager
commits suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15 to 25
year olds. Suicide accounts for 12 percent of the mortality in the adolescent and
young adult group. Males are more likely than females to follow through with
suicide. For every successful suicide there are fifty to one hundred adolescent
suicide attempts. More than five percent of all teenagers try to commit suicide.
Many factors contribute to teenage suicide.
Most teens who attempt suicide are in a deep depression. This
depression can be caused by two major factors. These include stress and
loss. Stress causes most depression. Stress itself has many factors.
Two of them include pressure to succeed and stress from relationships. The
pressure to succeed may be to get high grades, get a good job, be accepted into
a prestige college, or to excel, "win" in sports. The significannot
loss may be of a
job, loved one, or health.
Equally important to depression is low self esteem. We live in a
society that emphasizes a high standard of beauty. The newspapers,
magazines, movies, and television are all filled with images of beautiful, "perfect"
people. For example, Cindy Crawford, she has done numerous advertisements
for things such as makeup and she has even written a book about makeup and
beauty. You can also look in any of the teen magazines or "People" magazine
and find some of these images. Because of these images some people believe
they can't be beautiful in their own way and therefore have low self esteem.
Another factor is teens being neglected by their parents. Most
households have two working parents. The parents today are so rarely home
that they spend little or no time talking to their children. In some cases teens
may not receive the needed praise... [continues]
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