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Saving A Life From Suicide Essay

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Every 42 seconds, someone attempts suicide; every 16.9 seconds, someone completes it. Suicide is the eighth leading cause of all deaths; third for persons aged 15 to 24. Although suicide rates over the past 40 years are relatively stable, the incidence of suicide among 15 to 24 year olds has tripled; the rate among 15 to 19 year olds has quadrupled. However, it is estimated that 80% of people, who died of suicide, mentioned it to a friend or relative before dying (Jamison 10).Tammy fell into the 15 to 19 year old category, which put her at higher risk to commit suicide. We were sophomores in high school with everything going our way. No cares, no worries, just living it up being teenagers in high school. She was beautiful: blonde hair, blue eyes, and a great sense of humor. We had gym class together, and we were always last to be dressed out and first to be dressed again for our next class. We had our giggles and our serious talks about guys, but never did we talk about important things in our lives, like how she felt inside or if she was even happy. Maybe that's why I missed those signals Tammy was sending out before she decided to commit suicide.I don't think I'll ever forget the day I found out Tammy was dead and how she had died. I was in my room when my mother came in and said she had some very sad news about my friend Tammy. She proceeded to explain to me how she had gotten a phone call from a friend of mines mother, explaining how Tammy had placed a gun to her chest, pulled the trigger, clipped her heart, and bled to death on the floor in her room. I was horrified; I just couldn't believe she was gone and by her own hand. It was almost unbearable to sit through her wake and then through her funeral, but somehow I found the strength, asking myself constantly why: Why did it have to be Tammy, and why didn't her friends and I notice something was about to go seriously wrong?People usually attempt suicide to block unbearable emotional pain, which is caused by a wide variety of problems. It is often a cry for help. People attempting suicide are often so distressed that they are unable to see that they have other options: we can help prevent a tragedy by coming to understand how they feel and help them to look for better choices that they can make. Suicidal people often feel terribly isolated; because of their distress, they may not think of anyone they can turn to, furthering this isolation (Williams 38).In the vast majority of cases, people attempting suicide would choose differently if they were not in great distress and were able to evaluate their options carefully. Most suicidal people give warning signs in the hope that they will be rescued, because they are intent on stopping their pain, not on dying...

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