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Teen Suicide-You’re Not Alone

October 2, 2012

Allison Dunsford
ENG 101
Alyssa Johnson
Teen Suicide-You’re Not Alone

Understanding why someone would want to take their own life is always very hard. Until you have been someone who has attempted suicide, thought about suicide, or have dealt with the loss of someone through suicide, you will never fully understand its effects

Teenagers today have a completely different perspective of suicide based on the alarming rate of teen suicides that continues to rise. For instance:

*Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in 15-24 year olds.
*60 percent of all suicides in the US are committed with a gun
*at least 25 attempts are made for every completed suicide
*Girls think and attempt suicide twice as often as boys usually through cutting or overdose, but boys die four times as often by using more lethal forms of suicide attempt such as hanging, jumping, or using firearms.
*Most teens who have attempted suicide sat that it was because they wanted to escape from a situation that seemed impossible to deal with, such as sexual orientation, unplanned pregnancy, or the death of a loved one.
*For more information on risk factors, prevention, and causes for teen suicide, go to

For Bill Clayton, sexual orientation was the situation that seemed impossible to deal with. Dealing with bisexuality from a young age caused him grief in high school. After being a victim of sexual abuse at the age of 14, Bill’s suicidal thoughts begun. Through counseling and support of his family, he slowly started to get over the assault. Then Bill was involved in a hate crime that severely bruised and beat him and his best friend up over his bisexuality. This crime only worsened his suicidal feelings. After spending ten days in the hospital, his doctors felt that he had gotten over his suicidal thoughts. Bill then took a massive overdose which he could not be saved from.

Bill’s family is still dealing with the aftermath of his suicide, but have created a website about Bill’s story that will hopefully be able to give others hope, and be a remembrance for their son.

Many organizations have formed based on the topic of teen suicide. One organization in particular is “To Write Love on Her Arms.” Their focus and vision is “To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.” TWLOHA not only offers hope, but many different forms of suicidal help as well as a clothing store that uses its profits to help those suffering from suicide and depression.

It is evident that teen suicide is not only very real, but a part of an alarmingly growing statistic. Teen suicide is 100 percent preventable with the appropriate help. Depression and suicidal thoughts are also preventable and curable through counseling and treatment.

As a society, it is then our job to let others know they are not alone in order to prevent others from the same feelings thousands of families have already been forced to deal with.

“Did you really want to die?”
“No one commits suicide because they want to die.”
“Then why do they do it?”
“Because they want to stop the pain.”
―Tiffanie DeBratolo, How to Kill a Rock Star

No one wants to die, so give them something to live for!

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