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Adolescent Suicide Running head: Adolescent Suicide Prevention Adolescent Suicide Prevention Angelica Hollins Walden University PSYC-8700 – Psychology and Social Change May 5, 2011 1
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Adolescent Suicide Abstract In the United States adolescent suicide rates have continued to climb. Unfortunately the youth in the City of Detroit are no different. With the ultimate goal of giving adolescent’s and their parents an outlet to seek help with suicidal thoughts, a new prevention program should be implemented to address the problems faced by area youth in regards to suicide. The prevention program funded by a number of outside sources and run by volunteers seeks to be the place where parents and teens turn when they need a helping hand. 2
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Adolescent Suicide Prevention On February 3, 2011 Jazz Brown a fifteen year high school student in Detroit, Michigan was found clinging to life and hanging from her belt in her school bathroom. Jazz may not be alive today had she not have been discovered by a cousin who was curious about why she was missing from their classroom for such a long period of time. After being rushed to the hospital by ambulance and being stabilized, Jazz was questioned by her mother in regards to why she would try to take her own life. She responded by telling her mother that the increased problems in their household made her feel like she did not matter. She further explained that having a sister pregnant and suffering from bipolar disorder, a sister with complications from diabetes, a little brother with behavioral issues along with four foster children living in the home made her feel as because she did not have any outward problems she almost did not exist. She also informed her mother that she figured it would make things easier if she was not around anymore. Stories like Jazz’s are on the rise. Adolescents like Jazz bring the problem of suicide to the forefront showcasing that there are increased pressures faced by our youth that have given them the sense that dying would be better than living. Stories like this one introduce us to the magnitude of the pressures faced by adolescents today. Suicide occurs when a person ends their life and poses a serious public health problem that affects young people. Nationwide, suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 19 (Heron, 2007). For youth between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death in the United States (CDC, 2011). Suicide has been the cause of roughly 4400 adolescent lives lost each year. As a result, the Centers for Disease Control (2009a) reported the top three methods adolescents use to commit suicide includes the use of firearms (46%), suffocation (37%), and poisoning (8%). 3
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