Suicide is a terrible reality that many people face. It is the third leading cause of death for people ages 14-24. Every year almost one million people die from suicide globally. It is a very important topic and we should definitely not take it lightly.
The definition of suicide according to the Webster dictionary is, “the act or an instance of taking one’s own life voluntarily and intentionally.” (pg. 341) It’s much more than just killing yourself. Suicide is an extreme desire to die and a feeling of being unwanted.
What causes people to feel like this?The main cause of suicidal thoughts is depression. However, depression isn’t the only way to cause suicidal thoughts. They can form from being psychotic, impulsive, a cry for help, an extreme desire to die, or mistakes they’ve made.
People can get depressed by things like stress, hormones, family or social environments. Depression can be just sadness or can get to be much more extreme. It can get to the point of where doctors have to clinically diagnose someone as depressed. You can even miss school and it is an excused absence for not being in the right mental state. You can treat this by going to a therapist, or by using medication provided by your doctor. These are things such as antidepressants, SSRI, Anxiolytic and antipsychotics.
More people need to learn about suicide and get involved. It is a serious problem that you might not know someone is going through. People take their own lives for a lot of reasons including depression. It is important to know that suicide is preventable and treatable. It’s a serious topic that more young adults should be informed about.