Social Media Affecting Young Teens' Mental Health by Suicide
“Death is not the greatest loss in life.The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live through the pain while getting threats off of one simple device” — Unknown.
Social media is way to show/communicate with others who are in your friend group or who go to the same high school as you. Mostly teens use more social media than adults about 94% has some type of technology to get on social media. The top two apps for teens are instagram and snapchat, they are both the same app but instagram you have post that people can like. Both apps and social media can be very dangerous and out of hand however they use them in a bad way. It’s a way for teens to make fun of the people they dislike and pretty much cyberbully them. It will get to the point when the person who is getting bullied will give up on life and commit suicide because they feel they are not important to anyone and take everything personally to a point they feel that everyone hates them.
“There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.” — C. S. Lewis
Young suicide is the leading cause of death worldwide. Social Media is a big influence in most teens lifes by suicide behavior during the past few years, it’s rates have gone up so dramatically that it is affecting and changing more teenagers everyday by looking at there lives a different negative way and the only way to get out of there pain is by suicide. Social media is destroying teenagers mental health every time they are on there technology by causing someone hurt on the other side of the phone or either talking crap about them and they find out.
“But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.” — Albert Camus
“Suicide in young people” by Chris woodford expresses the factors and risks contributed to youth suicide are academic pressure,alcohol consumption, the loss of a valued relationship, frequent change of residency and poor family patterns. Harassment is a leading cause of teen suicide along with abuse. “ According to the U.S center for disease control and prevention (CDC) suicidal thoughts and planning and actual suicide attempts are significantly higher in young adults (18-29) than in people over the age of 30. Studies have estimated that only five percent of suicides in young people are copycat deaths. That’s five per cent to many of cause and it shows that incentive and sensational media coverage can do more harm than harm than good. But it also shows we have to look elsewhere for an explanation. Rates of attempted and completed youth suicide in western societies and other counties are high. Youth suicide attempts are more common among girls but adolescent males are the ones who usually carry out suicide. Rates in youth nearly tripled over the past years.
“The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.” — Juliette Lewis
“Depression and suicide rates are rising sharply in young americans, new report says. This may be one reason why” by Markham Heid talks about since the late 2000`s the mental health of teens and young adults in the U.S has declined dramatically of depression and suicide attempts. New data shows that young americans why they want to die. A substantial amount of research has found associations between heavy technology use and poor mental health outcomes among adolescents and young adults. Many parents, teachers guidance counselors and others who work with young people say social media and heavy technology use are a problem of suicide attempts in the USA. “ Among people,rates of suicidal thoughts,plans and attempts all increased significantly and in some causes more doubled between 2008 and 2017”. According to the latest data,current teens are now significantly higher than those in 1990. The CDC has also issued reports showing that rates of suicide among young people jumped 56% between 2017 and 2016 after declining between 1999 and 2007.
“When it is darkest, we can see the stars.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the journal article Psychiatric Illness in a New Zealand Sample of Young People making serious suicide attempts”. Young people who made medically serious attempts had high rates of a range of mental disorders and of comorbid disorders at the time of the suicide attempt. “Individuals making suicide attempts were characterised by high rates of current mental disorder (89.5%) current comorbidity 54.3%, lifetime histories of psychiatric disorder 90.7% and previous suicide attempts 52.7%.” To look at the degree of mental sickness among youngsters making therapeutically genuine suicide endeavors and control subjects.
“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle. “ — Christian D. Larson
The book Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is about a teen name Clay Jensen who goes home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. “And in the middle of the room,one desk to the left will be the desk of Hannah Baker, empty.” (Asher pg 4). Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On the tape hannah explains what they are the 13 reasons why she wanted to die. “I’m listening to someone give up. Someone I knew. Someone I liked. I’m listening. But still, I`m too late.” (Asher 146). Repercussions. Perhaps the most prevalent theme in the book or the cause and effect. In her tapes, Hannah constantly reminds her baker’s dozen that their actions had reverting, pervasive effects on life and the lives of others.
“Never let anyone else decide who you are”. — Caroline Rhea
In the novel Living When a Young Friend Commits Suicide or Even Starts Talking about It by Earl Grollman and Max Malikow discusses why people commit suicide, how to deal with various emotions causes by the suicide of someone suicidal religious issues and popular misconceptions about suicide. “When we lose someone to whom we have been attached we feel abandoned. A person who commits suicide has chosen the death route. The choice has resulted in the pain of abandonment for you and others. Anger is an understandable reaction to someone who has given up pain.” Suicide is more a person killing themself then death, it takes even more time to recover. Eventually your pain,confusion and sadness will decrease. A suicide kills one person and wounds those who are left behind to mourn. In the last thirty years,the suicide rate among young people has tripled. Addressing to young survivors what suicide is really about and how unsafe it is to do when your all alone.
“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” — Carlos Castaneda
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), for youth between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death.More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, combined.It results in approximately 4600 lives lost each year.Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 5,400 suicide attempts by young people grades 7-12.Four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs.Kids who are bullied are more than twice as likely to consider suicide, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
“Place your hand over your heart, can you feel it? That is called purpose. You’re alive for a reason so don’t ever give up.” — unknown
Teens’ use of electronic devices including smartphones for at least five hours daily more than doubled, from 8 percent in 2009 to 19 percent in 2015. These teens were 70 percent more likely to have suicidal thoughts or actions than those who reported one hour of daily use.In 2015, 36 percent of all teens reported feeling desperately sad or hopeless, or thinking about, planning or attempting suicide, up from 32 percent in 2009. For girls, the rates were higher — 45 percent in 2015 versus 40 percent in 2009.In 2009, 58 percent of 12th-grade girls used social media every day or nearly every day; by 2015, 87 percent used social media every day or nearly every day. They were 14 percent more likely to be depressed than those who used social media less frequently.
“If you are looking for a sign not to kill yourself, this is it.” — unknown
There is suicide help available for teens who are having suicidal thoughts. Suicide support can take the form of a suicide prevention hotline. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline runs a network of suicide hotline crisis centers. Moreover, they provide information about taking suicide precautions. In addition, many organizations work to decrease stigma around teen depression and suicidal ideation. Suicide Prevention Awareness Month every September is an opportunity for mental health and youth organizations to share resources and stories that help bring these topics out into the open. Efforts are designed to help teens understand that they are not alone.
“All things are difficult before they are easy.” — Thomas Fuller
Young suicide is a serious thing these days, we have ways to prevent it and help others who are going through the process but we cannot always be there. People have ways of hiding their emotions and not tell anyone. Social media is the biggest factor of young suicide we are the generation where technology took off. Every teen uses social media for something but some use it in a bad way like cyberbullying and making people feel alone. The bad guys are hiding behind a phone that really won’t be protected them because someone will find them and the bad guys will be caught at last. It shows that the bad guys dont have the guts to tell someone they feel bad in person they just hide behind their phone and making the person they are hurting feeling lonely. We need to help the bad guys understand it’s not right to hurt others over a phone and how we can do that is to be friendly/ respectful and show them there is more to life than being on a phone.
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