Education to End Teen Suicide

24%. That’s the death rate of youth aged 15-24 that die from result of suicide. 90%. That’s the amount of young adults within this age group that are suffering from a mood disorder at the time of their suicide. And finally, 0. That is the initiative which seems to be shown in schools to reduce the “third leading cause of death among teenagers” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The solution to this extreme and growing issue lies within the education system. By targeting teenagers attending high school through speakers and assemblies as well as directed curriculum in regards to this issue, teenage suicide rates will certainly decrease. High schools should have more education techniques and strategies in place to inform students of depression and it’s symptoms in order to minimize teen suicide.

To reduce the high rates of suicide at such a young age, high schools could utilize speakers and assemblies in order to inform teenagers of this important issue and symptoms which can be recognized prior to a person committing such a final act of depression. There are many signs that someone is suffering from a mood disorder, and high school students should be taught how to notice symptoms and therefore seek help for a friend or classmate before the situation worsens. These assemblies could also target students dealing with depression and mood disorders themselves, by encouraging these individuals to seek help and informing them on how and where to find such. Relatable and sympathetic speakers whom teenagers can look up to would be key speakers to use, so that teenagers can look up to these examples and respect and listen to them and therefore further gain information on the subject of teenagers who believe suicide is their only option.

Another effective method to limit teenage suicides could be to incorporate the symptoms, rates, and effects into the education system. This idea would prove most effective if this information was added into a course which is mandatory so that every student will be informed. In grade nine, physical education is already a compulsory credit, therefore if teen suicide and the effects and warning signs of depression and mood disorders were further explored within this curriculum all teenagers would be aware of this information at a young age and therefore could carry it with them throughout the rest of their years as a young adult.

The high suicide rates, more specifically among teenagers and young adults between the ages 15 and 24 must be targeted and minimized by informing the people affected through the use of the education system within high schools. Teaching students of the effects and essential facts regarding depression and mood disorders could be accomplished through speakers and assemblies as well as being integrated into the curriculum as a mandatory credit. Through the years suicide among youth has become more and more common, and the effects on the rest of society are devastating. When someone takes their own life, they are not only affecting their future, but the future of those who love them such as family and friends. Suicide is not a final solution to deal with a temporary problem, and maybe if more people were aided in this realization, such an extreme, horrific and upsetting act could be better avoided.

Works Cited

“About Teen Suicide .”KidsHealth – the Web’s most visited site about children’s health. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Oct. 2011. <

Program. “CDC – Injruy – Youth Suicide.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Oct. 2011. <

statistics, learning about, suicide rates, and teen suicide.. “Suicide Facts and FAQs.” Sympathy words, gifts and resources to comfort the grieving.. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Oct. 2011. <;.

2 thoughts on “Education to End Teen Suicide

  1. Natasha!

    This was an amazing essay, it was very well thought out and I could tell that it hit close to home and was something that you truly care about. It was very interesting right from the start, and the statistics were a great way to start!

    Great job!

  2. Natasha,

    Great essay, you brought up a lot of quite valid points. I think that your method of starting the essay off with statistics was a great idea, and grabs the attention of the reader right away by “shocking” them with these facts.

    Just remember however, that in essays, you should write the word for the number (i.e where you wrote 24%, you should have put “twenty-four percent”).

    I like your idea of making education on depression and suicide present in a mandatory course so that all students become aware, and you do a very good job at explaining all of your points to the reader.

    Aside from some minor grammatical errors, your essay was very well planned and attention-grabbing from the start.

    Awesome essay!

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