The issue of teenage suicide is one of the more rapidly rising social problems affecting the world’s culture nowadays. “When it comes to teen suicide, the statistics make it clear that attempted suicide is a big deal as it relates to the youth. Additionally, suicide is one of the leading causes of death for teenagers - it’s the third leading cause. (Ohio) In 2007 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that the number of American teenagers who committed suicide had increased 8% from 2003 to 2004. This was the largest increase in 15 years, leaving society with the complex issues of how to solve the problem, prevent further growth to this statistic and what are the reasons for such a behavior. “The disease control agency’s analysis found that in 2004 there were 4,599 suicides in Americans ages 10 to 24, up from 4,232 in 2003, for a rate of 7.32 per 100,000 people that age. In the years before that, the rate had dropped to 6.78 per 100,000 in 2003 from 9.48 per 100,000 in 1990.” (Carey) There are a number of different and various ways teens commit or attempt suicide; the following are six major ways teens commit or attempt suicide. They are overdosing on drugs or alcohol, cutting or slitting body parts, using lethal weapons, hanging and jumping from heights; they all vary with age, gender, cultural background and sometimes even race. Teen suicide is committed by teen for many reasons and have a number of risk factors such as physical disorders, psychological problems, depression, bipolar disorders, distress, agitation, hopelessness, worthlessness, previous attempts or a friend or family loss to suicide, suffered physical or sexual abuse, lack of support, poor relationships with parents or peers, being in social isolation, and also dealing with homosexuality in an unsupportive family or hostile environment. “Teen suicide statistics draw a correlation between gender and suicide. It is interesting to note that there are some very clear...
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