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Teen Suicide
By: Carrie, Crescent Collegiate, Blaketown, NF

Every year, thousands of youth die. These youth don't die from the diseases such as heart disease, cancer, or from car accidents that claim a lot of young teens. These teens take their lives with their own power. They obviously believe they have to deal with a huge amount of pressure. Not only from parents, but peers at school. They feel they are not able to cope with all the problems around them. They feel that no one cares for them, no one can help them cope with their surroundings, so they become devastated enough to take their lives.

Many suicidal youths experience family troubles which lead them to doubt their self-esteem. This low self-esteem makes them feel unwanted, misunderstood, and unloved. Many come from broken families who use guilt as a means of controlling behavior. Often parents and other adults criticize the child rather than the behavior. Loss of love also contributes to the risk of suicide.

Suicide is a tragedy under any circumstances, but especially devastating for families and friends of the young person.

Fear and ignorance keeps us from understanding the scope of problems these young teens encounter. For some teenagers, these problems can then lead to depression and suicide. By that point our ability to help decreases.

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