Research Paper on Suicide

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Kiara Arenas
Mrs. Neshan
English 2
14 January 2013
The Effects of Suicide
Over 38,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. It is said that every 14 minutes, another person has taken their life. In this generation, for teenagers, suicide is looked at as a joke until it happens to someone dearly close to them. In that case, it affects them more than actually publicized. Depression is a major risk factor for suicide. Deep thoughts of regret and hopelessness caused from depression may make a person think that suicide is their only way out.   I chose this topic because it’s one subject that comes weak to my heart. Regardless if I know the person or not, once I have heard of them committing suicide or even attempting, it makes me feel like I could have made a difference. As a child growing up in horrible situations, and even the fact that both of my parents have attempted to commit suicide as young adults, it’s hard for me not to be so taken by it when another teenager or another person has taken their precious life. This is one of the reasons why it has affected society the way it has. Suicide is a horrible topic to bring up to any one person who has either had a loved one commit suicide or attempted to commit suicide themselves. Life is not the easiest thing to deal with, especially with all the stresses from everyday life. Although each person’s grief is personal and individual, similarities are shared with others who have experienced a suicide loss. Many people, finding it difficult to talk to family and friends about the loss, experience feelings of isolation and alienation. It is not unusual for survivors to feel completely alone unless contact is established with others who share this commonality of experiences. (http://www.friendsforsurvival.org/) Many people affected by suicide, get into this "zombie-like" phase. This phase will make a person go mad. Depression may...
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