Are you suffering from depression or loneliness? Do you say that you want to disappear? Do you want to die? Do you feel worthless? Do you feel like there is no hope? If you are, you are experiencing the first signs of committing suicide. It can be a scary thing to go through by yourself. You always should tell anyone if you get suicidal thoughts so you can get help. There is help out there. You do not have to be alone. Teen Suicide is a nationwide crisis; although, there is hope out there. Teen Suicide Teen Suicide is when a younger person ends their own life. Teenage suicide is an issue that needs to be resolved. There are so many young innocent lives taken everyday. One quarter to one third of youth suicide victims make suicide attempts prior to their completed suicide. We know that overall in the U.S., we’re seeing increases in suicide rates across all age groups in males and females. The teenage years are often a time of turmoil, which includes frequent mood swings and sadness. Bullying and SuicideOne of the triggers of suicide is bullying. One-third of americans face bullying. Some young people reach the point of feeling so heartbroken,so beaten down, that they would rather die than cope with being bullied even one more day. Bullying can offer an answer… it’s almost easier to understand- someone was victimized, and then they killed themselves. Gay teenagersGay teenagers are more likely to commit suicide if they do not feel appreciated. According to psychiatrist Harold Koplewicz, gay and lesbian teens are 4 times more likely than straight teens to attempt suicide. Teenagers are less likely to take their own lives when same-sex marriage is legalised, research from the US suggests. Dr. Raifman said reported suicide attempts declined immediately after same-sex marriage was allowed, with the lower rates persisting at least 2 years. Risk factorsThese are the warning signs to look for before things get too serious. Some risk factors are a recent or serious loss, a psychiatric disorder, lack of social support, bullying, sexual orientation, and cultural and religious beliefs. If a teen starts making really poor judgements, or he starts doing things that are harmful to him/herself or other people, like bullying or fighting, it can be a sign that he/she is spinning out of control. Heavy social media use, bullying, economic burdens, family issues, and exposure to violence can all be risk factors. PreventionSave a life. Be a friend. If your gut feeling is ” I’m not sure if that person is safe¨, call and ask for help for them. Just do it and you might save a life. When you hear this kind of talk, it? important to take it seriously- even if you can’t imagine your child meaning it seriously. Anxiety, attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, ADHD, and bipolar disorder are problems that also require care to prevent suicidal thoughts. Suicide Myths Some things are not considered signs and symptoms of suicide. Never, ever keep you or someone else’s suicidal thoughts and feelings a secret. One of the myths about suicidal talk, and actual suicide attempts, in young people is that they are just a bid of attention or a “cry for help”. Talking about suicide or asking someone if they feel suicidal will encourage suicidal attempts. Kids at Risk If you hear kids saying things such as “I don’t belong here” then your kid might be at risk of committing suicide. Warning signs of suicide includes changes in personality or behavior that might not be obviously related to suicide. Changes in sleep patterns or eating habits can also be red flags. Some teens will try to hide depression or thoughts of suicide. This can make it hard to notice warning signs. Sadly, teen suicide can result in death. Your teen may have a friend or classmate who commits suicide. Talk to your teen about their feelings. Native American Youth Different groups has a greater chance of committing suicide. Young American Indians who are more culturally and spiritually connected exhibit fewer suicidal tendencies and greater resistance to stress. These youth often make the decision to take their own lives because they feel a lack of safety in their environment. American Indians and Alaskan Natives have the highest suicide rate of all groups in the US, and suicide is the second leading death for Indians and Natives. Disorders/ Asperger’s Syndrome Many disorders, such as Asperger’s, may cause suicidal thoughts if bullied. Social phobia, or social anxiety disorder, would be expected to be relatively common for those with Asperger’s syndrome, especially in the teenage and adult years. Abraham Biggs, a 19-year-old from Florida who suffered from bipolar disorder, planned his own suicide and then recorded him committing suicide on a live streaming video on the web. Suicide itself is not a mental disorder, but one of the most important cases of suicide is mental illness, most often depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and substance use disorders. Internet Use The Internet can endorse children to want to harm themselves. The internet makes it easy for bullies to hurt their victims deeply, and in some cases completely destroy their reputations. Suicide pacts often develop in chat rooms or on message boards, which endorse judicial behaviors. Being bullied or spending an excessive amount of time on the internet could increase the risk of teen suicides, according to a new study released today by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Interview disorder, planned his own suicide and then recorded him committing suicide on a live streaming video on the web. Suicide itself is not a mental disorder, but one of the most important cases of suicide is mental illness, most often depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and substance use disorders. Internet UseThe Internet can endorse children to want to harm themselves. The Internet makes it easy for bullies to hurt their victims deeply, and in some cases completely destroy their reputations. Suicide pacts often develop in chat rooms or on message boards, which endorse judicial behaviors. Being bullied or spending an excessive amount of time on the internet could increase the risk of teen suicides, according to a new study released today by the American Academy of Pediatrics.InterviewMrs. Blythe McCance answered with clear statements. Can you please give a brief description about what the “Blue Whale Challenge” is? How does it apply to teens and the younger generation? ” Social media can be very dangerous, and parents and teachers need to be aware of the warning signs”. What interested her to become a psychiatrist? ” My friend was getting her Bachelor’s Degree, taking a lot of psychology classes and it encouraged her to further her education as a psychiatrist”. What are some warning signs that you would tell a parent if they was wondering if they had a suicidal teen? “Changes in mood, Isolation, Obsession with guns or knifes, and Relationship issues”. Personal RealityThis is my story about a kid that was suicidal, and found his life-saving hope. His name was Jacob and he didn’t really talk to nobody except himself and his little clique of friends. Jacob was a happy kid, at least that is what everybody thought, no one ever figured out that he was in such a deep dark tunnel of depression, despair, and sadness. No one ever knew that he has problems talking with people because he is afraid of getting bullied or worse. No one ever knew that Jacob grew up without a dad, has been abused, and now suffers with disappointment. Jacob could not take anymore, he was suffering at school with his grades, home with his relationship with his mom and stepdad, and now is taking care of a 60 year old woman who he calls his nana. He had nowhere else to go. He could not depend on anyone. He contacted me and told me, Man, please help me out, I can not go through this any longer, I wish I was dead and did not have to go through this pain. Jake told Jacob, No, Jacob, you have friends and family who loves you no matter what, Ask God. Jacob got off the phone, and he had a knife 2 inches from him, and was seriously thinking about committing suicide. He had a long conversation with his heavenly father and asked for forgiveness. Jake called Jacob the next day, Hey, man, how are you, you scared me last night? Oh, I am good. My mom took me to the clinic and got on anti-depressants and now I feel great. Thank you Jacob for being there for me. Jacob said Your welcome man, I am happy you are still here.