Suicide Research Paper

2093 words - 9 pages

“A Depressed Life”
The star football player, we'll call him Paul, was a junior at my high school. In December of 2009, he began to have many troubles in his life. His girlfriend, that he was with for five years, broke off their relationship and declined his invitation to his Christmas bash he has every year at his house. In the days leading up to this party, Paul had lost his after-school job, and had several conferences with his guidance counselor about his poor academic performance. On top of all of these factors, Paul went to a car dealership to put a down payment for a car he had his heart set on, and discovered it had already been sold. Paul still had his Christmas bash but went alone, ...view middle of the document...

Suicide is defined as “the act or an instance of intentionally killing oneself.” (www.dictionary.com) In the United States alone, an average of 29,350 people commits suicide each year, equaling approximately 80 people a day, one person every 18 minutes. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States. Although the overall rate of suicide has dropped in recent years, teen suicide has increased, becoming the 3rd leading cause of death for individuals between the ages of 15 and 24. The elderly have the highest rate of completed suicides, and about 15 elderly people complete this horrible act each day. Women are three times more likely to attempt suicide, but men are four times more likely to actually complete it. More than half of all suicides are completed with firearms. (American Association of Suicidology, 1999 Summary Data)Some may ask why a person would choose such an option. Risk factors are identified as events in a person’s life that leads them to begin contemplating suicide. Common risk factors include problems with school or the law, breakup of a romance, unexpected pregnancy, stressful family life, and loss of security. Other risk factors include stress due to new situations (such as college or relocating to a new place), serious illness or injury, or major loss or a loved one or another valuable possession. After risk factors occur, warning signs begin to show. Attachment, escape, control, and release are motivations for committing suicide. Contemplating or attempting to commit suicide could be a cry for help and a desire to secure attachments, or a way to break away from circumstances that are hard to bear. If a person feels that they are losing control of their life or overwhelmed with tension or feelings of pressure of any kind, they may also use suicide as an outlet. After someone has struggled with risk factors and motivational issues, actions and behaviors hinting that there is a problem begin to show in the person’s everyday actions. Change in eating or sleeping patterns, depression, and panic or anxiety are characteristic of people with a suicidal problem. Furthermore, talking about death and dying, giving away possessions, drug and alcohol use, rebellion, isolation, confusion about self-identity, extreme boredom, neglect of all work can also be considered warnings of the horrible action that may follow. If it is suspected that suicidal actions may take place, it is obligated that a person takes actions to deter suicide.Talking about the feelings surrounding suicide promotes understanding, and can greatly reduce the immediate distress of a suicidal person. For example, it is okay to ask someone if they are considering suicide. If it is suspected that they are having a difficult time dealing with a situation, or are showing risk factors or warning signs, one should attempt to help. If they are feeling suicidal, it can come as a great relief to see that someone else has some insight into how they feel. The most...

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