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Teens with Suicidal Tendencies

In a state of shock he desperately searched for his father’s licensed gun kept somewhere inside the closet. He deperately looks for the key for the locked closet. After failing in the promotional examination he feels of not having enough courage to confront his parents and let them know about his result. This teen who is commonly the pampered child of the home, feels the life has ended for him as he is ashamed to repeat a year.  He manages to get the key and puts forth before him, a loaded gun. The shivering hands reaches to the trigger while lifting the gun and putting it on his forehead. But he could’nt do it as something crept in his mind. He asked himself, “Why am I doing this? If I have the courage to commit this act then why not face the situation. Won’t I be able to talk to my parents and find a way out?” With great after thought and courage, he confronted his mother and showed his exam result, he even told about his state of mind that compelled him to commit suicide. He was boosted up to work hard next time or give his exams privately and never to think of suicide as there are more solutions other than doing the foolish act of commiting suicide.


This episode of a child’s life mentioned above says it all about the difficulties that a teen tries to cope up with. He finds suicide as a way and a ready solution to his problems. But he was rather reluctant to die that’s why he gave a second though and got things resolved. This boy was lucky unlike other teenagers who fail to understand things as wisely as this teen did. Interviews with teenagers who had made suicidal attempts earlier reveal that they wanted to escape from impossible situation and get relief from really bad thoughts or feelings. Some people who end their lives or attempt suicide might be trying to escape feelings of rejection, hurt, or loss. They wanted to escape from what was going on and not to die. Note this “They wanted to escape”. Isn’nt it sad to know how difficult situations lead to unwanted and forceable deaths instead of finding out solutions that can mend things? Teens are forced by difficult or tragic siuations and eventually end their lives.


Suicides among young people continue to be a serious problem as we often we fail to understand our kids. Each year in the U.S., thousands of teenagers commit suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-to-24-year-olds, and the sixth leading cause of death for 5-to-14-year-olds. However, it is difficult to judge a teenage mind as harmones are underdevelopment and mood changes are evident. 95% of those who die of suicidal acts had psychological disorders and depression.


Parents, relative and close friends can seek assistance when they find a teen depressed in a manner where he withdraws and conceals himself in a room and reluctant to go out with friends as he usually used to do, refuses to indulge in favorite activities or shows no apetite in eating favorite his or her favorite dish, change in personality, neglect of personal hygiene and personal appearance, tired, apathetic, irritable and aggressive behaviour all the time. If a teen threatens about ending his life don’t just let it go of your mind keep a close watch and keep firearms and kitchen knives away in locked cupboards. Don’t panic if your child or friend is in depression with the above symptoms cropping up within him. Remember, depression and suicidal feelings are treatable mental disorders and treatement is possible after accurate diagnosis. If parents are in doubt whether their child is a victim of circumstances and have tried commiting suicide or is planning one, a psychiatric examination can be very helpful.


Teens with feelings as such can talk to someone they trust as soon as they can. Confronting parents, talking to a coach, a relative, a school counselor, teacher or someone you trust can bring out solutions. Call a suicide crisis line 1-800-SUICIDE. These toll-free lines work 24/7 with trained professionals and councellors who can help you while keeping the talk confidential. Parents, wellwishers and teens can also seek ehelp at http://www.teensupport.us/advice.asp.



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