A Cry For Help Essay

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I am going to kill myself, has that thought of committing suicide ever crossed your head? Self-destruction, taking one's own life, killing oneself, they all have the same meaning the action of killing oneself intentionally. I think suicide holds different meanings to people such as a mistake, a cry for help, a desperate action. At the age of 10 years old was the first time I heard about suicide. One cold night, I believe around the beginning of December, my parents received a call stating that my cousin had committed suicide. I lived in Mexico at the time and I did not know how to react to the situation. At first I was excited because we were going on a trip but then when we arrived to my ...view middle of the document...

It is hard to believe because if you think about it we never really hear about it in the TV, Radio, or just in the Media over all. All we hear about are car crashes or alcohol and drug related incidents. On the other hand, many students also have suicidal plans. As Dan Reimold mentioned in his article “Student suicide: 'Too common on college campuses across the country'” “[In a school with over] 12,000 students, you’re looking at roughly 1,000 students who have a suicide plan. That’s 1,000 kids I could be friends with.” It might not seem as a big amount of student but think about all the colleges there are. Put it this way Fullerton College has about 20,000 students that would be roughly 2000 students have suicidal plans.
Why do students who have an entire future ahead of them, simply commit suicide? We can all accept that college is not easy. At one point we all feel like giving up but some just think about giving up not only on college but on life to. As it is mentioned in the blog “Suicide and Suicidal Behavior among College Students” by State University “The most common factor is mental illness.” Every student with a mental illness has a higher chance of either committing suicide or at least thinking about it and coming up with a plan. In addition, college is really expensive and sometimes many students go into debt. With debt comes stress, and as it all accumulates soon students drop into a depression. As mention is the article “What You Need to Know about College Students and Suicide” by UC Berkley “Although most depressed people are not suicidal, most suicidal people are depressed. Over 60% of all people who die by suicide were suffering from major depressive disorder, often unrecognized and untreated.” Depression is sometimes hard to recognize on some people that is why it goes unrecognized and untreatable, even though it is a treatable mental illness. There are many reason to why but sometimes no one will ever know why someone just decide that they did not want to live no more.
Many students send numerous signs before actually committing suicide, they send a cry for help. It is not easy to identify and point out a person who want to kill them self. There are numerous signs for instance, as mentioned by UC Berkley “What You Need to Know about College Students and Suicide” A sing to identify someone trying to kill his/herself is “Changes in Behavior or Deterioration in functioning,” such as Withdrawing from society, Friends, and family or let's say, has trouble controlling his/her school and work schedule, and misses both, or fails at doing simple assignments to take care. In all honesty, “Actions” such as “Giving away prized possessions, preparing to die, writing goodbye letters, seeking access to firearms.” Just paying attention to out of the ordinary actions. You should know you friends and family. Pay close attention to their actions, if you believe they are trying to commit suicide speak out before it is too late. Better be...

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