Suicide Awareness and Prevention

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Suicide Awareness and Prevention

by Tyrique Ransom a concerned senior at Oracle Charter high school in Buffalo, NY

Suicide is the act of killing or ending oneself’s life  intentionally. The causes to suicide include despair,guilt,depression,anxiety,mental disorders, or alcoholism. People commit suicide in feelings of extreme emotion, lack of self worth, or feelings of Insecurity. Suicide occurs also when a loved one dies and people who had a relationship with that person feel guilt because of past unresolved issues.

Suicide is a growing problem not just in the United States of America,but on a global scale. Every year 800,000 to a million people commit suicide, 10 to 20 million non-fatal attempted suicides happen every year.  (Wikipedia) One reason why suicide deaths are  growing so rapidly is because of the media. Some people, teens especially receive bullying and ridicule through the internet. Through the use of videos, status updates and harmful pictures. Bullying and suicide are closely  linked together. Victims of bullying feel alone, insecure, and isolated from society. Which can be a factor leading to thoughts of suicide.

If you or someone you know is suicidal there are ways to get help for your issues. The idea is to assure that “you are not alone.” There are people who can help you, such as your school counselor, a parent, a loved one, or a trusted adult.  If you think someone is going to attempt suicide do not hesitate to call the police. Do not ever joke about suicide, suicide is a very serious issue and is not to be taken lightly. If you feel as if you cannot get ahold of or talk to a counselor, friends, family ,or a trusted adult then call the suicide hotline. They will help you to cope with or overcome your issues. Seek help, you are not alone.

I was led to write this blog because of certain events that occurred about a few months ago. Two people committed suicide about a week or two apart. This affected me because I am connected to the people who associated with the victims through the internet. I also have friends that are or know someone who is suicide prone. I created this article just to reassure people who need help that they are not alone. Including my friends.

1-800-273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Line


834-3131  Crisis Services

Verizon Hopeline