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The rising number of suicide cases has prompted extensive research on identifying people prone to commit suicide or have suicidal ideation. Findings have revealed a strong correlation between childhood trauma from maltreatment and suicidal tendencies in adolescents and adults.
Teenage suicide is a tragic event that is unfortunately more common than many people may realize. Though there is no one who is completely safe from this tragedy, some teens may be more at risk than others. People should always act if they believe that a friend or family member is exhibiting behavior typical of someone considering suicide. Dismissing the worry may lead to tragedy.
For school-aged youth, the second leading cause of death is suicide. For children who have been subjected to sexual abuse, or violence, the risk of suicidal thoughts is greater. Suicide is preventable, though, because youth considering suicide often give off warning sighs. It’s vital that teachers, friends, and parents are able to pick up on these signs in time to seek help. If these signs are present they should not be taken lightly.
I wrote my first suicide note when I was 13 years old. I hid it and the many more that followed in my stamp collection, books or other secret hideaways, all places I knew my mom would never look. For the next 15 years, each time I packed up my belongings for another move, I would find another one I had forgotten about. I would read each one with dismay. I learned the hard way that an overdose only resulted in having to drink a thick black charcoal concoction with one ankle strapped to a bed frame to keep me from taking off. Running the car in the garage took far too long and two rounds of Russian roulette proved me to be a very lucky woman.