The rate of suicide and attempted suicide increases significantly during adolescence. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people between 15 – 24 years of age.
Adolescence is a period of intense stress and worry. Young people often find themselves under pressure for social integration, academic and responsible action. Adolescence is also a time in which young people enter into sexual relationships – a period in which they go through an identity crisis, and their need for independence, which can often come into conflict with the rules and expectations of others, is emphasized. Young people who have psychological problems – such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or insomnia, are at greater risk of suicidal thoughts.
Perhaps many of us have had suicidal thoughts at some point in our lives. It just means you have more pain than you can deal with it at the moment. This pain seems overwhelming at the moment. But with time and support, you can fix your problems and make pain and suicidal thoughts nothing but a distant past.
You always must give yourself a promise to wait and ask for help. Thoughts and actions are two different things – suicidal thoughts should not become a reality. It is important not to use nonprescription drugs or consume alcohol when you feel hopeless or appear suicidal. Remove things at home that you can use to get hurt. People who have hope manage to overcome these feelings – there is always a chance for a good life. Many of us have shown that the first step for dealing with suicidal thoughts and feelings is to talk with someone you trust. That person can be a friend, therapist, family member, teacher, family physician, psychologist or counselor of the SOS helpline, people who will not try to argue with you to explain how miserable you live your life and will not say, “pull yourself together”, people who will not judge. Talk to a person who will be there for you not matter what he/she is about to hear.
If a child or adolescent says: I want to kill myself; or commit suicide; it should always be taken seriously and immediately seek help from an experienced mental health professional. With the support of family and proper treatment, adolescents or children can be treated and return to the path of health and development.