I felt that people would be happier if I were not here. It's too late now. I can't go on. I have nothing to live for. I'm just so tired of life. No one cares about what happens to me. There is nothing left to do. What's the use. They won't have to deal with me. I'm at the end of my rope. They're better off without me. I just want the pain to stop. Nobody gets me. You just don't understand!
These are all thoughts of a young woman named Sam who soon after thinking these thoughts, took her own life. I feel that suicide is wrong and needs to be stopped. The key to preventing suicide is knowing the facts. Things like how suicide progresses, how it effects people all around you, and what to do to prevent it are all points of information people should know.
Suicide is a potentially preventable public health problem. In 2009, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. That year, there were nearly 37,000 suicides, and 1 million people attempted suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Since then suicide has increased dramatically due to the increase of stress and personal issues found in societies today. Studies have found that men take their lives nearly four times the rate of women, accounting for 79% of suicides in the U.S. Suicide is also more common between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five. Studies have shown that this is because of the increase of responsibilities and stress put on teenagers by school and friends. There could be a substantial decline in the rate of suicide if teenagers were to be more educated about the causes of suicide.
According to Suicide.org, untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide. Many events can trigger depression, like the death of a loved one, bullying, or low self esteems. Over 90% of people who die by suicide have clinical depression or another diagnosable mental disorder. Many times, people who die by suicide have an alcohol or substance abuse problem. These addictions often lead to...