Teen Suicide Is Contagious; Signs and Causes to Watch For

By Zubera, Parent Herald October 21, 12:00 pm
ntario, California students hold signs in memory of their classmate, Anthony Soltero, 14, who committed suicide on March 30 after a school administrator allegedly told him he would be fined and jailed for participating in a student walkout in support of undocumented immigrants rights on March 28, as they demonstrate for amnesty for illegal immigrants outside City Hall on April 15, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. The 3,000 people who marched through downtown to City Hall particularly oppose House bill HR 4437 by Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin that would increase penalties for immigrant smuggling, beef up penalties for undocumented immigrants who re-enter the United States, and require employers to report Social Security numbers to the Department of Homeland Security. The march is dedicated to the memory of Anthony Soltero.
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Teen suicide can be contagious like yawning. Young men and women who are often obsessed with fashion trends are highly susceptible in following habits that their peers exhibit such as drinking, smoking, drugging, speeding and even suicide.  

According to research, suicide is contagious with 2-3 times high rates in people between ages 15 and 19. There are many reasons responsible for suicide being contagious. Suicide prevention lawyers strongly oppose social media claiming it to be responsible for increasing the number of suicides among teens. As per a study by Julie Cerel president-elect of American Association of Suicidology, said that one suicide could develop suicidal thoughts stronger in the person who knows the victim than in general people. NewsWeek reported. 

The identified causes for teen suicide are family arguments, relationship breakups, physical and emotional abuse as per Colorado's Child Fatality Prevention System. Regional factors are playing a significant role - residing near Army and Air Force bases, as children of people in the military services tend to have more suicidal thoughts and influence to their peers.

Another leading cause of teen suicide is being "copycat." A teenager suiciding builds a massive social network with millions of followers, which attracts peers to commit it for fame and partying in heaven.

Few signs should be known by teenager's parents, teachers, and companions. As per Teen Suicide, four out of five of the suicide attempts have shown these signs: losing interest in regular activities be at work, extracurricular activities and studies. Intake of alcohol, drugs, and smoking can also be a sign; changes seen in the daily schedule and habits like food, sleep, play, etc.

Teen suicide is often seen in those who do not respond to appreciations, frequently bored, lose interest in the work they love to do. They also give verbal hints:  "I want you to know something, in case something happens to me" or "I won't trouble you anymore." And these things are few examples of the things that should be monitored or be given a closer look. 

Parents and companion need to be extra-careful in such situations. They should talk to teenagers when there are suicide stories in the media, guide them with what they see and how should they understand the event. Watch their movements and be cautious of their daily habits. By doing these simple steps, you may be able to prevent a horrible ending.  

 

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