Suicide is an act of intentionally ending one’s own life committed out of despair, mental disorders and stress. The Filipinos committing suicide is a mind-boggling act and this paper would serve as an awareness to people that some interactions with the community: family, friends, peers, school, and network can affect even a teenage Filipino to give in to suicidal thoughts . . . which is rare given the fact that a Filipino at heart is considered as one of the happiest people on earth. The paper also aims to understand the mind of a teenager with beyond raging hormones on why would they commit such act despite of being called the happiest. Further research and interviews will lead this project to a series of paintings inter-connected with each other that will interpret the student artist’s understanding the a teenage Filipino commit suicidal ideation.
Keywords: suicidal ideation, community, teenage, Filipino, understand
Literature Review and Related Works
Suicide is a multi-faceted issue, sometimes an act of heroism, sometimes an act of selfishness, sometimes a brave choice in the face of pain, and sometimes an act of love.
According to experts Michelle Moskos, Jennifer Achilles, and Doug Gray, causes of suicidal distress can be caused by psychological, environmental and social factors. Mental illness is the leading risk factor for suicide. The risk for suicide frequently occurs in combination with external circumstances that seem to overwhelm at-risk teens who are unable to cope with the challenges of adolescence because of predisposing vulnerabilities such as mental disorders. Examples of stressors are disciplinary problems, interpersonal losses, family violence, sexual orientation confusion, physical and sexual abuse and being the victim of bullying. (“Teen Suicide is Preventable” 2004)
In a journal entry written by William P. Evans, Ph.D., Patsy Owens, and Shawn C. Marsh, another line of research surrounding adolescent suicide