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This is a presentation for allteens and young adults thatmay have thought ofsuicide, know someone whohas, or may in the future.This presentation containsinformation on the causes ofsuicidal thinking and how to gethelp.
The Facts Teen suicide is the number one cause of death among 15-25 year olds Almost half of all teenagers at least think about suicide once in their life Of the 10-12% that attempt suicide, only 1- 2% actually die Anywhere from 8-25 attempts for every completed suicide 90% of people who commit suicide suffer from some sort of mental illness
Definition Suicide is the act of deliberately killing oneself or causing ones own death voluntarily Teen suicide is a very common thought in the heads of teens today and it has many different causes, but it is a very poor way of dealing with lifes problems There are three main types of suicide, what are they? Egoistic Anomic Altruistic
Egoistic Suicide Most common, deals with ones self- value Feel completely overwhelmed with responsibility or feelings of guilt Causes one to become weak at heart Find it hard to support oneself
Anomic Suicide Feel like they don’t belong to a specific group, or society in general Don’t feel like they are “normal” and they don’t fit in with everyone else Feel like outcasts and isolate themselves from others Become depressed and very lonely
Altruistic Suicide Killing oneself for the sake of another group or person Form of protest or honor Most rare form of suicide, usually done in large groups Examples of mass suicide: Japanese Kamikaze Pilots Mass suicide at Jonestown
Causes of Teen Suicide Physical causes Biological Chemical imbalances in the brain Influences of the environment Ones own psychological makeup Psychological Emotional – come from the heart and soul Effects of the environment on their minds How they respond to the actions of others Combination of the two
Reasons for Teen Suicide To get attention from parents, teachers, and peers Easy way to end their problems End their pain and suffering from a mental or physical illness To honor others or to punish themselves
Causing Factors for Teen Suicide Mental illness Depression Anxiety Disorders Schizophrenia Bipolar Disorder Chronically ill health Inability to deal with natural body changes Self-conscious and not accepting oneself Can’t handle new feelings Broken homes Alcoholism and drug abuse in family Physical and verbal abuse Financial problems Moving from place to place
Causing Factors for Teen Suicide Traumatic experiences Death of a loved one Rejection Embarrassment Relationship problems Pressures School (teachers, parents, homework) Work Friends (peer pressure) Sexual pressures “Copycat” or “cluster” suicides – increasing number of suicides shortly after the suicide of famous person or someone known personally
Causing Factors for Teen Suicide Media Music ○ Rock music believed to be satanic and gives its listeners suicidal thoughts ○ Said to grab younger audience and trap them in a world of evil T.V. ○ Violent films cause watchers to become violent and reckless ○ Lose ability to recognize what could really happen Video games ○ Full of violence and murder ○ Makes players think nothing of death ○ Players get addicted and lose social life, causing them to become depressed and lose confidence ○ Lose ability to connect with others and have no future
Conclusion Suicide is a big problem that teens face There are many different causes for suicidal thinking, differing from person to person The after-affects can be very painful and life- changing for family and friends Depression is the leading cause, and if you or someone else is experiencing chronic depression or are having suicidal thoughts then you should seek help immediately There are always other good alternatives to fix your problems other than suicide
Help USA National Suicide Hotlines 1-800-SUICIDE 1-800-784-2433 1-800-273-TALK 1-800-273-8255 United Way Information and Referral (Iowa Statewide) 2-1-1 Information Available 24 hours a day Broadlawn’s Medical Center Crisis Team, Des Moines, IA (515) 282-5752 Available 24 hours a day Comm Telephone Services Crisis Line, Des Moines, IA (515) 244-1000 for crisis (515) 244-1010 for counseling Available Mon-Thurs 3 pm – 8 am, Weekends/Holidays: 24 hours a day Des Moines: First Call For Help, Des Moines, IA (515) 246-6555 1-800-532-1194 Available 24 hours a day