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Suicide Prevention

Teen Suicide

Understanding Suicide

An overwhelming surge of emotions that never seems to end Ė thatís what some who have attempted suicide try to describe to those who ask to understand why they feel the way they do. Those who are contemplating suicide might literally feel as though there is no way out of their situation. They are bombarded with feelings of hopelessness, fear, isolation, hatred toward themselves and so much more. The pain they feel is often immeasurable, to a point where they see no other option than to end their lives.

But many people who have attempted suicide will say that they wanted to live. They really didnít want to die; the desire to remain with loved ones remained very strong. They simply didnít see any other options.

What causes such a strong conflict in a person? What leads to that feeling of a dead-end, no-way-out scenario?

There are many reasons that someone might choose suicide or contemplate suicidal thoughts. Those reasons are often so complex and complicated that the person suffering from those feelings might not be able to articulate exactly what is going on in their head and heart. However, long and difficult research has found that the basic motivation for suicide is the feeling of utter despair and hopelessness. How a person reaches that point is what varies from one to another.

Depression and suicidal thoughts are two of the most frightening things a person can face in their lifetime. Unfortunately, acting on those suicidal thoughts is a far too common scenario for many across the world, including students. In fact, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for those between the ages of 15 and 24.

This guide is dedicated to helping those who are suffering or have suffered from depression, suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts. It is also designed for concerned friends and family members who might be worried that someone they love will experience death by suicide. Finally, it is meant for students, so that they might spot the warning signs of suicide in others Ė or in themselves Ė and find the proper resources.

If a suicide attempt seems immediate, call 911. If the threat is urgent, you can also call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK, 1-800-SUICIDE, your local crisis center, dial 911, or take the person to an emergency room. Remove guns, drugs, knives, and other potentially lethal objects from the vicinity but do not, under any circumstances, leave a suicidal person alone. In search of possible means for attempting suicide, donít forget cars, glove compartments, trunks, and other places within the car as a possible location for weapons.

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