by: Kenzie Kyle
Suicide is the eighth-leading cause of death overall in the U.S. and the third-leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 24 years. Girls think about suicide twice as much as boys, however boys are four times more likely to die from suicide than girls. It's thought that at least 25 attempts are made for every completed teen suicide. The risk of suicide increases when teens have access to guns at home, and nearly 60% of all suicides in the United States are committed with a gun.
Most everyone at some time in his or her life will experience periods of anxiety, sadness, and despair. These are normal reactions to the pain of loss, rejection, or disappointment. Those with serious mental illnesses, however, often experience much more extreme reactions. They can feel hopeless. And when all hope is lost, some feel that suicide is the only solution. It isn’t.