Archive for April, 2013

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This YouTube video was published in October of last year. It makes me happy to hear that teens are looking for more ways to get help. More teens are aware of bullying and want it to be stopped. The teens are finding outlets to cope with their feelings. A lot of them are being told and realizing that there is hope for all of them, which is great! Hopefully one day we will see a dramatic decrease in the rate of teenage suicide.


The third leading cause of death in teens is indeed suicide unfortunately. 45% were used by firearm, 40% from suffocation, and 8% for poisoning. It seems to be that teenagers have no trouble getting guns, but let’s not get sidetracked. That’s another issue. Apparently a “passing out” game is pretty popular among the youth. Different methods (hyperventilating, using a rope, etc) are used to restrict the amount of oxygen they receive. They end up suffocating. They feel a high right before they pass out. There was a survey taken by high schoolers by the CDC. 16% seriously considered suicide, 13% stated that they had a plan, and 8% of the students reported that they tried to end their life. Must of us know of someone who has tried to commit suicide. It’s a serious thing. If you are considering suicide or know of another person that has been talking/thinking about, get help ASAP.

The Top Ten Countries with the Highest Suicide Rate:

1.) Lithuania
2.) South Korea
3.) Guyana
4.) Kazakhstan
5.) Belarus
6.) China
7.) Japan
8.) Hungary
9.) Sri Lanka
10.) Russia

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Russia has the third highest teen suicide rate in the world, according to the article written in 2012. It states that the average number of teens committing suicide is about 5 individuals a day who are under 20. Alcohol abuse, domestic violence, and strict parenting are some reasons why the rate is so high in Russia. There’s even lack of help in this area since it’s so isolated. Bullying even plays a role since there’s so much of it everywhere. When I read this article, I got the sense that parents are extremely hard on their children, especially when it said “At home, you order, you enforce, you punish your kids instead of trying to understand them,” said Anatoly Severny, one of Russia’s very few child psychiatrists. “Schools use what I call repressive pedagogics. Kids are forced to do everything.” There’s a story at the end of the article that shares the story of two friends who decided to take their own lives. The girls didn’t show any signs of depression, they were only skipping class right before the incident occurred. Apparently mental health services tried to be introduced in the schools, but the attempt seemed to be not very effective.



I found an excellent article on suicide prevention and how to help someone who is suicidal. It’s very helpful. If you’ve ever been in a situation when a friend or someone has told you they attempted suicide, you know how hard it is to react and respond the appropriate way. What do I say? Do I tell someone? If so, who? What’s the right thing to say? What shouldn’t I say? The article answers all of these questions and more.

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To be honest, I was a little shocked when I read that treated teens still attempt suicide. You’d think that after being treated things would get better. I guess that’s not always the case…which is sad. It’s suggested that maybe they’re not being given the right treatment.

Even the suicide rate in China is high…