Thoughts on Teen Suicide

“Nearly 1 in 6 high school students has seriously considered suicide, and 1 in 12 has attempted it, according to the semi-annual survey on youth risk behavior published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”

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Are you one of those 6 or one of those 12? Life can be hard. It can be so hard that it seems the only way out of it is suicide, to just end it. And people think of suicide for a ton of different reasons:

  • To get away from hurt, pain
  • Because nothing else has worked
  • Because you’re pissed off at your parents/teachers/ caregiver and want to show them
  • Because no one would really miss you
  • Because you just can’t go on like this anymore
  • Because the bullies won’t stop and now they have ruined your life
  • Or you may just feel like crap and don’t know why

I am sure people have told you to tell an adult, to call the crisis line. And when you are seriously thinking of it, that is often the last thing you want to do. Or maybe no one even knows that you have these thoughts.

This isn’t a pep talk, it is a plea for possibilities. Is suicide an option? It may be the only option you see right now and there are other possibilities, other ways to solve your problem besides getting away from it all or getting back at someone.

That is where an adult can be helpful. Someone to listen, to problem solve, to look with you at other possibilities in life.

I have worked with teens who want to help others who are going through a rough time. That can be helpful and that is a lot for one person to handle.

Therapy can be a place to feel heard. A place to problem solve. A place to vent. I am not saying don’t think about it, I just don’t want you to take action. There are other options that you may not be able to see right now.


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