An essay about suicide Essay

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An essay about suicide

Suicide: Facts, Misconceptions, Causes,
And Prevention.


David Holt

English 10

Ms. Swicegood

May 2004

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A sixteen-year old boy sat in his fourth period class crying because he had just broken up
with his girlfriend. As he sat there, he tried to think of a way to ease the pain in his
heart of the whole situation. His only conclusion was to try and take his own life. This
is an attempt of suicide, which was luckily stopped because of a note that he had given to
his girlfriend describing his plans that she, in turn, had given to the Guidance Counselor
of the school. The truth is that an attempt of suicide is not always the person's fault,
there are several factors, which are contributed to the cause of suicidal thoughts, or
feelings that lead to suicidal attempts, and with various treatment methods these
conditions can be controlled not necessarily eliminated.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people ages fifteen through
twenty-five. After making that statement one would come to the conclusion that this age
group is responsible for the most suicides, but that is not true the elderly ages
sixty-five and older account for more then twenty-percent of all suicides. Considering on
average eighty-four people die a day from suicide, that means, that there is an elderly
person dying every ninety minutes from suicide, and fifty-four percent of all elderly
suicides are committed with a firearm, but after saying that consider this that the
elderly only account for thirteen-percent of the U.S. population, and suicide is the
eighth leading cause of death among the U.S. population (SAVE). Sixty-percent of suicides
among young people are committed with a firearm, and more young people die from suicide
than cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic
lung disease combined (Centers for Disease Control).

There are plenty of misconceptions and myths, when it comes to understanding if someone is
suicidal and if they already are what makes them that way. One myth is that someone who
talks about suicide or jokes about it will not commit suicide. This is not true most of
the time; someone who is going to commit suicide will give hints that they are going to do
so. These hints are not necessarily as clear as we think they should be, but maybe that is
because we

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are too ignorant to see the warning signs that are put right in front of our face. Another
myth is that most suicides occur at night and at times when there is a full moon. This not
true, most suicides occur during the afternoon or early evening (Schleifer 19, 20). Common
misconceptions are as follows, "Anyone who tries to kill him/herself must be crazy ", " If
a person is determined to kill him/herself, nothing is going to stop him/her ", " People
who commit suicide are people who were unwilling to seek help ", " Talking about suicide
may give someone the idea." Not a single one of these misconceptions has a bearing of
truth in it (SAVE).

The truth is that the only way to understand a suicidal person is to understand the things
that are contributed to them becoming that way. Most suicidal people suffer from at least
one form of depression, whether it comes from feelings from within, such as hurt, or
bearing the pain of something that has happened to you. Depression is a serious issue that
should never be taken lightly or brushed off as a common thing that happens to everyone.
Depression is not a case of the blues. It is an altogether separate issue that costs the
lives of millions every year, but it does not have to, because of the fact that most
people who are depressed give out warning signs or signals that they need help. The most
common way these signs are shown is through drinking, doing drugs, fits of anger or rage,
and threats of running away or bringing harm to ones self (Gardner and Rosenberg 37-61).

Due to the fact that most people who are depressed give out these signs, doctors have been
able to come up with treatments to help the depressed. They also know that depression is a
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