6 October 2014
Do You Know the Facts?
It is said that thirty thousand people make the choice to die by their own hand every year. Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death in adults, and it is the second leading cause of death in adolescents. Since the 1950s, the suicide rate in teenagers has tripled. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five high school students will seriously consider suicide. Teenagers are often caught in the transition between childhood and adulthood. Being treated like children, while expected to act like adults often forces confusion and frustration. This can lead to depression and suicidal thoughts. Social integration and genetics are two of the most contributing factors of suicide. While these circumstances can lead to suicide, the effects are detrimental to the family and friends of the victim whom are left behind. There are many roles that society plays in teenage suicide. Social integration involves people voluntarily attaching themselves to society, while society tries to accept them. According to recent statistics, bullying has become more and more frequent in schools and online. The American Justice Department reported that one out of every four adolescents will be bullied throughout their childhood. Bullying is more than just “boys being boys”; it is violence in its most pure form. The victims of teen bullying have the potential to turn into assailants themselves. This often will lead to a life of poor choices that result in the individual becoming criminally delinquent. Furthermore, this can lead to many deciding to take their own life, perhaps in an attempt to escape reality. While bullying is one aspect that society contributes to teenage suicide, race and gender also play a role. One statistic showed that white males are more likely to commit suicide over any other race and gender. Due to social inequality and less social regulation, males...
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