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depression, have a mood disorder, or be extremely unhappy, but majority are legally sane. Both depression and self-destructive behavior are common in adolescents. Self-destructive actions among this age group are on the rise. During the time the person actually commits suicide, there are 90% of the adolescents that have at least one diagnosable, active psychiatric illness, (usually depression, substance abuse, or a behavioral disorder). There is only 33% to 50% of suicide victims that have a mental illness at time of death, and only 15% were undergoing treatment when they take their life. The previous attempt, and what should be taken seriously, is an significant and substantial action for people to watch for. Many more teenagers and adolescents attempt suicide than actually

succeed, and the first try may be naive. A minor attempt, however, is often perceived as just attention seeking, and no more notice is paid to it. If the person does not receive any relief from his/her situation, they will probably be a repeater. It is also likely that the method used, and the level of danger will increase with each further attempt. The statistics on this are: 26% to 33% of adolescent suicide victims have made a previous suicide try. Majority also usually feels torn to end their pain through death, and wanting to continue living. If help can be found, and utilized, the rate of adolescent suicide will hopefully decrease. What are ways to help an adolescent in need? This is the most important question we have to answer. If you can assist a person who is thinking

about committing suicide, and deter this act, you have saved a life. Recognizing changes in behavior, knowledge of warning signs, understanding risk factors, and intervening before the potentially destructive process completes itself are all parts of the aiding course. The duration and intensity of these factors are to be taken into consideration. Comparing one person to another will not work, you have to judge each case as special and individual. Stimulating conversation, helping them find appropriate counseling, asking if they are thinking about suicide, or if they have a plan, and then contributing to their development of a personal safety plan are ways to help. This personal safety plan is crucial in protecting that life. It can include time spent with others, check-in

points, plans for the future, and many other designs. They can help themselves. They can gain self-direction and self-management in their lives if they have caring and informative people around them. Adolescents in this situation do not always know the correct path to take to get there lives back under control. Managing their lives takes effort on their part, but also for the people helping them. “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem”, and it is common for the person to resent help at first. Usually in the long run, though, it is a relief for them to have someone care about them that much. It is also necessary to limit these peoples exposure to firearms, alcohol, and illicit substances. Media can also be something that needs to be supervised. Professional

help needs to be located immediately after an adolescents’ suicide plans are discovered. There are three main forms of aiding those who want to end their life. A suicide crisis hot line, educational programs, and a screening are these formats. A suicidal person has two minds of whether they want to go through with it, and whether they want to live or die. It makes sense that if a person is having problems, a hot line that is inexpensive, anonymous, and convenient, would be a godsend. Education programs, mentioned earlier, can also be applied to parents, adults, and teachers. The systematic screening for disturbed students is a wonderful development. Studies show approximately 90% of teenagers who commit suicide have a psychiatric disorder. Finding these students is done by

asking directly, and in confidence, whether they have thought about or attempted suicide. The questions are presented in such a way that the project staff can identify students with the most severe problems. Adolescents having problems and that are suicidal is a large problem in society today. It is a issue that teachers may unfortunately encounter during their career. The problems adolescents face are so numerous, that sometimes they can not deal with them in the correct manner. There are statistics, reasons, warning signs, males versus females, education, depression and mental illnesses, attempts, and help available that all need to be looked at. Hopefully with education, teachers will be more prepared to deal with adolescent suicides.