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The Causes of Teen Suicide

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  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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