Death at any age is always hard to take, but the unexpected death of a teenager is always labeled tragic. So, what then is a label that is suitable for a young person feeling so hopeless and alone they feel there is no other choice but the one to end their life? Anyone close to a victim of hopelessness is left behind with the sickening wonder of what they could have done to change the horrible outcome. Suicide is preventable and there are steps we can take to be informed and to take action to help the teens in our life who are troubled and feeling hopeless with the thought they have nowhere to turn—before the unspeakable happens.
Cyberbullying Victim Speaks from the Grave
From the time when the word of the death of Port Coquitlam bullying victim, Amanda Todd, got out to the public—people were outraged, saddened and sickened by the fact that bullying and her repeated attempts to get away from the abuse failed miserably; resulting in the young girl taking her own life. Amanda repeatedly tried to get help and tragically she did not get the peace she so deserved. The number of deaths related to bullying and cyberbullying have shockingly skyrocketed with the advancement of technology.
The Cold Truth about Teen Suicide
It is rare for children to commit suicide; the numbers go up a great deal during adolescence years. According to the latest from the CDC, the second leading cause of death for ages ten to 24 is suicide. Another all-too common method of teen overdose is from pharmaceuticals and medications. Whether they are non-prescription, prescription, or over-the-counter; meds should always be closely monitored in your home. Be aware of any medications that your teen may receive from friends as well. Educate your children about the dangers of taking meds. Boys and girls have different methods of suicide and while girls attempt suicide and think about it more often, boys are more prone to go through with their suicide plan.
Teenage Worry and Depression is Real
Sometimes as people age they tend to forget what it was like being a teenager. Fighting to be accepted as part of the group by their peers, trying to live up to standards people have set for them and all the while showing how they can be responsible young adults are just a few of the obstacles teenagers are trying to overcome. Mental health problems also contributes to thoughts of suicide while depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders also cause teens to be at higher risk of suicidal thoughts than their peers. These are just some of the reasons to stay alert and keep an eye out for the warning signs of depression or suicide that any teenager around you exhibits.
Learn the Warning Signs of Suicide
Warning signs are definitely something to be get familiar with recognizing, and don’t put it off. Learn all the signs today. Signs include talking about suicide, talk of hopelessness and worthlessness or making statements like they won’t be around much longer. If they start to isolate themselves and drop out of normal activities, talk and seem fascinated by death or start participating in a lot of risk taking activities; take the immediate hint to step in and open the lines of communication with your teen. Help is needed right away for any person that gives beloved personal belongings away to friends and family. If they seem to not want to talk to you or don’t feel comfortable then bring in a counselor or neutral person to help. It is very important to get help immediately in dealing with someone who is thinking of suicide.
Don’t Think—Call Right Now for Help
If you have a friend that you think needs help or someone to talk to or you have questions about your own child then please call your healthcare provider right away or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 now. If you are a teen, you can text for help with the word “Teen” to the number 839863 (6-9pm PST), email, chat or start a discussion with other teenagers at the Teen Line. Don’t think about it if you suspect something is wrong, just make the call or send the text now. If you are considering suicide yourself, please take a deep breath and call the hotline number to speak with a person who is compassionate, non-judgmental and here for you right now because ending your life is never the answer; no matter how big, bad or hopeless a problem is in life.