Suicide, “Is an action directed at oneself that results in death. Death caused by self-directed injurious behavior with an intent to die as a result of the behavior,” (CDC, 2018). Any person thinks of attempting or committing suicide when he or she is in deep physical and emotional pain. Many young adults commit suicide because they are afraid that if they voice out their concerns they may end up in trouble. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (2019), the third leading cause of death among adolescents, and with an average rate of suicide is highest in middle-aged white men in particular with an overall estimated of 129 suicides per day.
There are so many factors that an adolescent or commit suicide many teenagers who are harassed in school are having a hard time concentrating with being depressed, embarrassed, degraded, or having low self-esteem. Teenagers at this phase are challenged with many new responsibilities such as talent or career growth and the problems of an intimate relationship.
They have so much on their plate, with lack of support and guidance it causes a mental breakdown because of the massive challenge of transition in life. Every individual is set by his or her own culture. Cultures is a set of values, beliefs, and the one that shapes us. This is why cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs are so vital in a person’s life. This has a contribution of we are and where we come from. Every individual is set by his or her own culture and shapes our absolute uniqueness.
Culture affects the types of stressors, and cultural meaning attributed to precipitants that lead to suicidal behavior. Based on the review conducted by Minnesota Psychological Association, “Latino adolescents have shown a tendency to be at greater risk for depressive symptoms, suicide ideation, and suicide attempts than other racial/ethnic minority adolescents.
In ages from seventeen to nineteen years old, teens may feel pressure to assume maturity due to the level of experience he or she has reached. At this period, juveniles may face issues regarding peer pressure, engaging in sexual intercourse, and curiosity of alcohol and drugs in order to have a sense of belonging with the group. When you know someone, who has some signs of suicidal thoughts this must be reported and take an action immediately. Parents and teachers must allow autonomy with proper guidance to avoid the child from rebelling in the wrong direction.
There is some effective way on how to prevent suicide or any factors that contribute to violence or any harm to individuals. Encourage someone to engage in social activities in school or a nearby community. Imbedded with a positive school and home climate by having open communication. Provide any recommendations and referrals to community services and offer continuation counseling and help at school. If you believe someone is committing suicide or in a suicidal crisis, you can contact the National Suicide. They showed that they also collaborate with schools and workplaces to attend an individual’s needs. All conversations are kept confidential to protect one’s identity for security reasons.