Written Speech on Teen Suicide
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Imagine you're standing atop a high bridge, you take a deep breath, say one
last silent goodbye to your friends and family, and you leap to your death.
By doing this, you're making a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
You may be solving your own personal problem, but imagine the pain, suffering,
and anguish that your friends, family, and peers go through. The people
around you are wondering what was going through your mind and why
you did it. Maybe you even told some of your friends that you were
going to do it, and they didn't believe you, thinking it were a joke.
You may have told your friends about your plans, but apparently
your parents had no clue as to why you would choose to take
your life, but this is the case with most teenage suicides.
A lot of the time the parents don't have any clue that
there was anything wrong in their children's lives, and also the
teen's friends might have had some kind of clue, but they didn't
do anything about it. Overall, they are left grieving their dead
child or friend who took their own life away without any explanation.
Sadly, teen suicide occurs nearly 5,000 times each year. Even more
amazing is that 400,000 to 2 million teens attempt to commit suicide
each year. Psychologists and therapists, teachers and school couslers,
leaders of youth groups, and researchers who study society and young
people have come up with a list of reasons as to why the teen decided to
kill themselves. The list of culprits is long: too much divorce, too little
religion, too much television, and too little communication between parents
and children have been blamed. Absent parents, too much sexual freedom,
widespread use of drugs and alcohol, too many guns, not enough love, and
a world that seems hostile has also been blamed for pushing young people
to their deaths. All these reasons have probably contributed to the suicides
of teens, but none of them provide the final explanation as to what pushes
the kids over...