Statistics Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 24 years. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for children between the ages of 10 and 14. Out of every three cases of suicide reported every 15 minutes in India, one is committed by a youth in the age group of 15 to 29. Every 90 minutes a teenager tries to commit suicide in India. Girls attempt suicide about twice as often as boys, yet boys die by suicide about four times as often girls.
Teen Suicide Warning Signs Dramatic changes in personality. Issues and trouble with friends and loved ones. Difficulty concentrating. Signs of depression. Listlessness. Changes in sleeping habits. Changes in eating habits. Doesnt worry about appearance. Expresses the thought that no one cares. Talks about suicide. Complains regularly of being sick. Writes poems or stories, or draws pictures of, death. Makes plans to take own life.
Causes = Depression: the most common of the causes of teen suicide. Peer pressure. Financial problems. Substance abuse . Failure or loss such as breaking up with a girlfriend or boyfriend, failing a big exam, or witnessing family turmoil. Etc.
Teen Suicide PreventionActions from parents Actions from friendsside. side Talk about teen suicide. 1. Take your friend’s actions Avoid criticism. seriously Show love to your teenager. 2. Encourage your friend to Listen to your teenager. seek professional help, accompany if necessary Keep lethal weapons out of your home. 3. Talk to an adult you trust. Don’t be alone in helping Getting professional help your friend. in teen suicide prevention such as counseling.
Suggestions Media should avoid repeated or sensationalistic coverage. Programmes and workshops for parenting The schools should have plans to deal with stress among children National suicide intervention programme. Providing support to those bereaved by suicide and decriminalizing attempted suicide. Complementary therapies to combat stress Chill-out zones in school to relax
Advice for parents andstudents Positive Attitude Rest & Recreation ( Sleep , Breaks, Exercise ,fresh air/sun) Good nutrition habits (Proper meals ,Less sugar/caffeine, 8 glasses of water daily , Fruits & vegetables) Autonomy & Space Support and guidance Affirmation & Praise Empathic Listener Unconditional love & regard
Conclusion Exams are important as their results influence future professional career, social status and self–esteem. Every person has own optimal level of worry and anxiety, which helps him/ her to achieve the best results. We must learn how to control stress and extra anxiety for preparing for the test. If exams cause great worry, and there are some symptoms of exam stress (insomnia, rapid pulse, hands trembling and so on) we ought to do something about it. We must prepare students to handle stress in a better way.