Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people age 15 to 24. Accidents are number one and homicide just passes up suicide and come in second. According to the National Mental Health Association, “Each year, almost 5,000 young people, ages 15 to 24, kill themselves. The rate of suicide for this age group has nearly tripled since 1960…”(1). More and more teenagers are being pushed to the edge, as explained in the story of eighth grader, Luis.
Luis was the skinniest eighth-grader in his class. He also wore glasses and had braces on his teeth, and the other students picked on him every day. They thought it was fun to push Luis into lockers and steal his money, because he was too weak to fight back. The teachers never did anything
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According to Cosmo Girl magazine, the fast acting acne medication was developed in 1971 as a use for cancer treatment but abandoned. It was then starting to be used in 1975 as a way to clear up different forms of acne, and then the United States approved of Accutane after a nine month FDA study (115). At first doctors were not required to inform their patients on all of the side effects that come along with Accutane. However, after many teen suicides have been linked to the medication, doctors are required to let both the child and the parents know all of the possible symptoms that may accompany Accutane. David Kleist, an Accutane user of 5 months stated, “It helped my face a lot but it made me feel more tired and more depressed at times. After the 5 months was up, my doctor took me off of it because he said that I could only stay on it for that long because otherwise it would start to damage my liver and raise my cholesterol.” Even though there are many causes for a teen to feel they need to commit suicide, there can also be many warning signs that are easy for friends and family members to pick out.
Most of the time, a teen that is considering suicide thinks about the decision awhile before they actually try to go through with it. They start acting different and having different attitudes about school, work, relationships, friends, and family. People who are close and know these teens well should notice