Causes of teen Suicide
Seventeen-year-old Mike Emme drove a '67 Ford Mustang. It was bright yellow. He worked really hard to restore the old car to his liking. Mike was a gifted student. He was happy, helpful, and a young man with a bright future. Friends called him "Mustang Mike." Mike was a kind and considerate young man. Mike learned how to remove a tracheotomy tube from his handicapped niece in case an emergency. He learned sign language to communicate with her. They would sign songs when they were together. Mike Emme was a great individual, but his life took a tragic toll when his girlfriend had terminated his summer love abruptly when she announced that she was engaged to another person. Days later, in a move that stunned all who knew him, Mike slipped into the front seat of his yellow Mustang he worked so hard on, closed the door, and shot himself. He left a note, which read, "I wish I could have learned to hate. Don't blame yourselves. Mom and Dad, I love you. Remember I’ll always be with you. " It was signed, "Love, Mike.11: 45." At 11:52, his parents and brother pulled into the driveway behind Mike's bright yellow Mustang several minutes too late (Canfield and Hansen 155 –59).
Suicides are the third leading cause of deaths in young people ages 12 - 24 in the country. Suicides occur when people perceive themselves as having an irresolvable life crisis. Regardless what other people think, a teenager’s life is not always pleasant. Many do not stop and think what type of life a teenager really has. Teens are going through a very difficult time. Many teens are trying to face different obstacles. They are trying to create an identity in which they want people to see them as, they are longing for their independence, and yet they still feel helpless on this uncaring planet. Millions of people wonder how they can help troubled teens. There are
many underlining social pressures that a teen can come face to face such as friends and peers, their own...