Nick Ayala

Professor Ramos

English 1B

17 September 2018

 

Ignoring The Future

 

Have you ever took a step back and realized how many children commit suicide each year? Well you guessed it, it’s a number that’s growing dramatically as we speak. Some say we can’t do anything about it but we can, it just takes dedication. “Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 3,041 attempts by young people grades 9-12, and four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs”. (Jason Foundation Inc) Are our schools not taking our students mental health seriously? Yes, a school can offer many classes, healthy food, and many more activities a teen should be involved in but are they ignoring the most important aspect of a human beings future? Our mental state. High school is a time where a teenager goes through many obstacles to find out where they’re going be in life and how they are going to get there, whether its college, having a full time job, or doing what they love. “About 20 percent of all teens experience depression before they reach adulthood”. (CFD) If this statement is true why aren’t our schools taking these as warning signs and doing something about it? Our future is depressed, and were doing nothing about it. Some may argue that “depression” is a phase and that it’s something that you can get rid of over time, but that is not the case. Clinical Depression is very common in teenagers and millions of cases are found each year and can be treated by a medical professional or psychiatric help. Our futures mental health is important not only because it could help us succeed but because its someones life. Put yourself in a parents shoes and imagine your own child took his or her life because they felt like they had no voice or no one to talk to.

The main cause of teens committing suicide is mostly because they feel like they are in situations that have no solutions. They see no way out and think nothing will be okay, which causes them to end it all. Most teenagers feel like they have no control of their own life because they are limited to many opportunities because of their young age. Remember being a young teenager with no freedom, car, etc. ? Not fun at all. Another huge cause would lead to bullying, don’t get me wrong the anti bullying act that’s been going on for the past 10 years has changed alot and it’s helped many teenagers overcome difficulties over the web. “A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying.”(WordPress) This should wake us up and make anti bullying something we promote more on social media, our schools, or even on live TV. Teen suicide isn’t something we can all stop right away but it’s something that should be taken seriously and our schools, homes, and etc. should be more attentive towards it so our children don’t think they are helpless and alone.

The effects of a child committing suicide are huge on our society, especially when it comes down to their families. Having someone close end their life makes you think that you did something wrong, or you could have helped prevent it. Surviving the loss of loved one to suicide is a risk factor for suicide. “Surviving family members and close friends are deeply impacted by each suicide and experience a range of complex grief reactions including, guilt, anger, abandonment, denial, helplessness, and shock.” (CDC) Put yourself in a parents shoes and imagine your own child ending their life over something that could have just been talked about. When someone is in that state of mind nothing is going through there head other than death, there not thinking about family, friends, or loved ones and how its going to affect them. Most people say suicide is selfish and I completely disagree. When one is suicidal your brain closes in on you and nothing feels okay, everything just seems impossible. The only way we could stop this from happening is dedication in schools or at home. We need to remind our children and students that they are loved and that they can talk about anything and everything.

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In conclusion we need to take suicide more serious, it needs to be an issue that is talked about at school, home, and on the media. The number of teenagers commiting suicide has climaxed dramatically over the past 5 years. Schools are stating that they are hiring more professional help for our students if they need it, but are those counselors even educated with depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts? Our schools need to make sure that these professionals are dedicated to their job which is to help others and that they have strong education on what the teen is dealing with. Im only writing about this problem because of past experiences in high school, I once had a close friend who committed suicide and I felt alone. My family seemed to not know what advice to give me, so I then turned to my school counselor. As I entered her office and explained my situation I just felt ignored and that I was wasting her time. She then handed me a psych help card from kaiser and told me to get out of her class. That just made my situation ten times worse, my friends had done the same thing and they again just felt ignored. I always wanted to complain to the school district but I didn’t want to get anyone in trouble. After hearing the news about those 4 local high school students killing themselves, I immediately thought of their fellow students of how much help will be needed mentally. I hope after that situation the 4 schools eyes opened and take our students mental health more seriously, who knows? Maybe if those kids had help they would have still been living here today.

(My short film about teen suicide!!)

 

Annotated Bib

 

Admin. “Why Today’s Teens Are More Depressed Than Ever.” Center For Discovery, Center For Discovery,

19 Apr. 2018, centerfordiscovery.com/blog/todays-teens-depressed-ever/.

This article talks about how this age of teens are very depressed, it shows the differences

of time and what a teen can go through and what causes them to feel depressed. After

seeing the statistics of how many teens are depressed in the modern day it made me feel

like I needed to help and change the outlook on depression.

 

“Youth Suicide Statistics.” Parent Resource Program,

prp.jasonfoundation.com/facts/youth-suicide-statistics/.

This website shows the statistics of suicide in our youth, suicide has gotten much worse

over the years and it’s crazy to actually see numbers. The ages in which kids are killing

themselves is very surpising because it can range from being 8-20 years old, that age

gap is huge and you never know what someone is going through.

 

Tracyn. “Why Do Teens Commit Suicide? Causes of Teen Suicide.” HealthyPlace, Healthy

Place, 12 Feb.  2015,

www.healthyplace.com/suicide/why-do-teens-commit-suicide-causes-of-teen-suicide.

This article shows the causes of teen suicide and how a teenagers mind works when

going through an act of depression. After reading this article I felt bad, no teenager

should feel alone or depressed in this day of age. Many teenagers feel alone and it brings

you into the mind of a depressed teen, it really opens on your eyes. 

 

“Violence Prevention.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention, 5 June 2018, www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/consequences.html.

This website states the facts about suicide and gives you exact numbers that need to be

known when doing research about suicide.

 

“Bullying and Suicide.” Bullying Statistics, 7 July 2015,

http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/bullying-and-suicide.html.

This article shows more causes of teen suicide but focuses more on the bullying side such

as social media, being overweight or many other forms of bullying that could cause a

teenager to commit suicide.