The fight against teen suicide

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The fight against teen suicide

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Every 40 seconds someone dies from suicide. Over 44,000 people try to commit suicide every year in the United States. In 2015, suicide was the second leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 34.

Teen suicide is something that is not talked about very much, but many students are trying to bring awareness to this serious topic.

“I think we should talk more about suicide at schools and let people know that there are people to talk to and people who would miss you,” Lizzy Davis (10) said. “I think suicide should never be an option. People who feel they want to harm themselves should remember they have their whole life to live and that it will get better.”

People have their opinions on teen suicide, and all will be different, but some people don’t know what they can do to prevent teen suicide as a whole.

“Teens who are suicidal just need an adult or close friends to open up to,” Abby Bishop (11) said. “If they feel like they have someone there for them, then it could change their mindset on how they look at things in their life. Teen suicide is the worst thing and it isn’t easy going through whatever they have to go through by themselves, so they should always have someone there for them and for them to talk to.”

Many teens don’t know what to do when someone tells them they are suicidal, and they don’t know how to react.

“If my friend told me they were suicidal, I would definitely tell an adult,” Morgan York (10) said. “They have more ability than I do, like taking them to therapy or helping them get whatever they need.”

If you or a friend you know is suicidal, seek help from a trusted adult or call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. You aren’t alone in this fight.

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