What would cause someone to take their OWN life?


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In the last 8 months, I have lost 3 friends, and one was the result of suicide. When I found out she was gone I didn't believe it, but who would? Who would think that a beautiful popular cheerleader with many friends, a loving family, and twin sister would take her own life? The question that comes to mind that no one will ever have an answer to is why?

Research has proven that over the past 60 years suicide among adolescents has trippled. Suicide is now the third leading cause of death among 15 to 25 year olds, and the second leading cause of death among college students. Being said, as college students we can help bring this second cause down. A statistic I read said four out of five teens that attempt suicide have given clear warning signs, so being aware of these signs may help you in saving the life of someone.

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Signs to pay attention to are poems, essays, and drawings that refer to death, change in personal appearanace, and sense of guilt or pressure. Being aware of things to look for may help, and also, knowing that you need to listen to them, as opposed to lecturing them, will assist in helping them. Also, seek professional help.

Suicidal adolescents may view a temporary situation as a permanent condition. Feelings of anger and resentment combined with exaggerated guilt can lead to impulsive, self-destructive acts. Suicide is preventable, and no one should lose a loved one because of it.

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This is a well-written article.Yea it inspires me to look into this most forgettable but lethal part of human action.At Penn State,you feel the towering passion when the football games kick off;you feel the spicy atmosphere of Friday nights;after all,you SEEM to feel the energy,moxie and buoyancy of this old school.But who knows how many people behind the backdrop have been suffering an ineffable trauma in their painstaking life?Of course,they go to classes,they might have a score of friends,and they even could appear to be active in the public.In the very end,they have no peace.CAPS is a non-profit psychological assitance center where lost souls,the ones who still have courage to speak out,can find an emotional cove to heal.I recommend this organization to everyone with similar problems,because I was once there.

Actually, sometimes,depression is the most horrible thing in the world. That will end people's life. Life seems to be meaningless. Phsychological problem is really hard to treat. Professinal help is needed,and the people around them are responsible too.

Hope there is no suicide any more. World is so beautiful, isn't it?

Alexis-
First, I am sorry for all your losses, that must have been really hard. A few months ago, I also found out my cousin’s friend (who I had spent a fair amount of time with) killed himself with a gun in his own room. He had the gun because he lives in Switzerland, where all males have to join the army for a certain period of time, even if it is just training. Anyway, when you are done serving your term, they allow you to keep the gun. When I heard what he had done, I was shocked. He had such a gentle heart, and I never assumed he could do anything like this. What is somewhat interesting is how after he died, I went back and looked at all his pictures on and tried to “see” if he looked like he was sad or mad. I think this is basic human nature, and I am sure other people have done this also. After staring into his eyes, I came to the conclusion that it was unfair what I was trying to prove. My mind was subconsciously trying to make me believe that how he looked in his pictures could have been an indicator that he was suicidal. But had he not caused suicide, I would have never looked at his pictures and thought this.
The signs that you provided to tell if someone may be suicidal are certainly noteworthy, however, I believe there are even more obvious signs, which WebMD provides a good rundown of.
-Always talking or thinking about death
-Clinical depression -- deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating -- that gets worse
-Having a "death wish," tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving fast or running red lights
-Losing interest in things one used to care about
-Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
-Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, changing a will
-Saying things like "it would be better if I wasn't here" or "I want out"
-Sudden, unexpected switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy
-Talking about suicide or killing one's self
-Visiting or calling people to say goodbye

The person who I knew that caused suicide portrayed many of these signs beforehand, but people did not catch on fast enough unfortunately. He lost interest in things, made comments about the hopelessness he had regarding the problems in his life, and he got in touch with many people that he lost touch with over the years.

Suicide is certainly a huge concern, especially when so many teens caused suicide in recent years because they felt out casted. It really is a tragedy when someone takes their own life.

This pie chart gives statistics of suicides by method.

Alexis-
First, I am sorry for all your losses, that must have been really hard. A few months ago, I also found out my cousin’s friend (who I had spent a fair amount of time with) killed himself with a gun in his own room. He had the gun because he lives in Switzerland, where all males have to join the army for a certain period of time, even if it is just training. Anyway, when you are done serving your term, they allow you to keep the gun. When I heard what he had done, I was shocked. He had such a gentle heart, and I never assumed he could do anything like this. What is somewhat interesting is how after he died, I went back and looked at all his pictures on and tried to “see” if he looked like he was sad or mad. I think this is basic human nature, and I am sure other people have done this also. After staring into his eyes, I came to the conclusion that it was unfair what I was trying to prove. My mind was subconsciously trying to make me believe that how he looked in his pictures could have been an indicator that he was suicidal. But had he not caused suicide, I would have never looked at his pictures and thought this.
The signs that you provided to tell if someone may be suicidal are certainly noteworthy, however, I believe there are even more obvious signs, which WebMD provides a good rundown of.
-Always talking or thinking about death
-Clinical depression -- deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating -- that gets worse
-Having a "death wish," tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving fast or running red lights
-Losing interest in things one used to care about
-Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
-Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, changing a will
-Saying things like "it would be better if I wasn't here" or "I want out"
-Sudden, unexpected switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy
-Talking about suicide or killing one's self
-Visiting or calling people to say goodbye

The person who I knew that caused suicide portrayed many of these signs beforehand, but people did not catch on fast enough unfortunately. He lost interest in things, made comments about the hopelessness he had regarding the problems in his life, and he got in touch with many people that he lost touch with over the years.

Suicide is certainly a huge concern, especially when so many teens caused suicide in recent years because they felt out casted. It really is a tragedy when someone takes their own life.

This pie chart gives statistics of suicides by method.

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