Taking one’s own life or committing suicide is now becoming one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States. Everyone is given a chance to choose what their story will be like. Sometimes things happen in life that lead someone to end their story before it is even completed. Everyone has something different in their life that makes their story special to them. It is never simply known to everyone, but it can affect them. Often times it is kids in their teenage years who don’t feel the need to keep living. There are ways that all these deaths can be prevented but it all starts by people starting to care. People need to be educated on how important it is to help someone that is suffering from depression or a mental illness and learn how to notice it. Most of the time it is dismissed as teenage drama that everyone in the teenage years goes through, but often times that is the wrong impression that people get. Suicide is a very serious cause of death that is not declining but rising and people need to be made aware and educated about this issue, so they can learn to prevent any more suicide attempts.

Suicide has become one of the leading causes of death and it has been rising since 2007. The government has been studying all factors that they believe are related to the most suicides and why it is rising. Based on a study done in 2016, they have found that men have a higher suicide rate than women. Most of the time women are seen as extremely emotional and they need to be taken care of, but men are neglected in that area. Men are often viewed as independent and masculine therefore they don’t need to take about their feelings which only causes them to bottle up and later blow up in many different ways. Being a man or woman does not mean that you do not have certain feelings that do not need to be taken care of. Suicide rates also differ between different ages and races. “Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34,” (NIMH). The ages between ten and thirty-four are very important to how the rest of your life will be played out. These are the ages that people tend to start understanding the world and figuring out who they are and where they fit in. If a tragic and life changing event happens between these years than people tend to give up because they don’t receive the proper help. Most older ages already have gone through life and seen most of the positive and negative parts of life, but they learned to survive and continue with their lives. Studies show that between the races living in the US, the White and American Indians have the highest suicide rates. There are many reasons why someone would take their own life, but some appear more often than others.

People do not usually wake up in the morning and decide that there is no point in them being alive anymore. Most of the time that individual was going through something that hurt them emotionally. There are many cases of women who “kill themselves to avoid assault by conquerors (men)” (Gupta 86). This is only one of the reasons that someone would commit suicide. They are so afraid of being violated without consent that they would rather die. People who are consistently getting bullied, whether by family or friends, are at risk of committing suicide. Some people bully thinking that it is a joke, but they do not always realize the effect that it can have on a person who might already be insecure. Most of the time the ages that get the most affected by bullying are those between the ages of ten and twenty. Sometimes the kids that very negligent parents also tend to be more depressed because they feel as though no one cares for them. Some people go through very emotional times because of what they go through in their school life and home life which causes them stress that not all children can bare. These days bullying has become a lot easier because everyone has access to social media and can be mean to anyone while hiding behind a screen and no one has to know who it is. Everybody needs to learn what is causing these suicides so that they can be prevented.

The first step to fighting the suicide issue is people being aware that it is a major issue that requires the help of everyone. People who have the ability and the means to learn should and then go on to teaching others about the negative effects of suicide. Many schools have started prevention programs to help all the students who have suicidal thoughts or have a close person who has committed suicide. “Suicide-prevention programs in schools may raise awareness, but the evidence that they increase mental health referrals and reduce suicide rates is mixed” (Mantel). Being aware is not the only thing but people need to also start acting and starting more effective programs. Families and friends who have suffered a suicidal loss must go through a counseling or therapy session because they are at great risk themselves. People need to learn not to bully others no matter who they are and if they seem as though they do not care.

When someone feel so lost and unwanted from the world that they feel like committing suicide then they must have a real problem. Most of the time, when it is not someone’s mental illness that causes them to kill themselves, it is because of how they are being treated inside the home or in schools. Sometimes it is hard to tell what someone is feeling by simply just looking at them. People need to be more open and willing to here people’s stories. Suicide is one of the major problems that require the attention of everyone for it to get fixed.

Annotated Bibliography:

  1. Mantel, Barbara. “Teen Suicide.” Library-Cqpress-Com.chaffey.idm.oclc.org, 12 Sept. 2014, librarycqpresscom.chaffey.idm.oclc.org/cqresearcher/document.php?id=cqresrre2014091200&type=hitlist&num=52.

The author, Barbra Mantel has won several journalism awards for her exceptional writing skills. This journal is posted using Chaffey College resources which deems it reliable. Her main argument is how there have been so many ten suicides. She brings up an idea to prevent it by screening teenagers for suicidal thoughts or feelings. She also questions if the school preventions are working. I used this journal to read about how different suicide prevention programs work and if they work or not.

  1. “Suicide Statistics.” AFSP, 2016, afsp.org/about-suicide/suicide-statistics/.

The source provided statistics of the suicide rates between different races, genders and ages throughout the United States. There are graphs so that the difference between the rates of suicide are clear to see. I used the statistics from this source to see the data that they recorded in 2016 about suicide and where the highest rates are happening. This is a government source and has been proof read by many people before being posted for everyone to see.

  1. Pompili, Maurizio. Suicide : A Global Perspective. Bentham Science Publishers, 2012. EBSCOhost, chaffey.idm.oclc.org/login?

This source talks about how suicide it perceived in different ways.  It explains the concept as a whole and also all the idea behind suicide. I used it to learn and understand what suicide is and all the different perspectives. This source is also off the Chaffey College books therefore making it credible.


  1. Gupta, Anoop. “The Idea of Suicide.” Kierkegaard’s Romantic Legacy: Two Theories of the Self, University of Ottawa Press, Ottawa, 2005, pp. 85–90. JSTOR, jstor.org/stable/j.ctt1ckpgbc.13.

In this book, Anoop Gupta explains the different reasons behind someone committing suicide. The author writes about examples of women who kill themselves to prevent a worst pain later on. I used a quote from this proving how peole commit suicide because they are going through a difficult time. This book is from a university and used in the Chaffey research center.

  1. Ramchand, Rajeev, et al. “Suicide Prevention After a Suicide.” Suicide Postvention in the Department of Defense: Evidence, Policies and Procedures, and Perspectives of Loss Survivors, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, Calif., 2015, pp. 17–30. JSTOR, jstor.org/stable/10.7249/j.ctt14jxthv.10.

Rajeev Ramchand writes about the different ways that suicide can be prevented. He uses real life people’s stories to prove his points throughout the chapter. This helped me read all the different types of suicicde prevention and write about them. The author is a senior behavioral scientist that works at the RAND company. He researches all the different  types of mental health issues.

  1. “Suicide.” National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, May 2018, nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/suicide.shtml.

This suicide article holds the most recent studies of the suicide rates in the US. It shows how the rates are increasing and not decreasing. I used the statistics to prove how the issue needs to be addressed and solved because it is getting worst. This is a government website that approved by many.