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Suicide And Self Harm Prevention In Schools

2510 words - 11 pages

Résumé
Razors pain you, Rivers are damp
Acids stain you, And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren't lawful, Nooses give,
Gas smells awful. You might as well live. ― Dorothy Parker, Enough Rope”
Suicide and self harm is effecting the lives of millions of people all over the world. Every 15 minutes, someone looses the will to live and ends their life. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescence whom are between the ages of 15 and 24 (“Save” par. 9).
On October 1, 2012, Eugene Lewis committed suicide in his Florida home. Eugene was dealing with depression and self-harm. He moved to West Salem his freshman year in 2011. Eugene and I became close friends. Eugene and I started dating in June, just a few days before he moved to Florida with his dad. He moved on June 8, 2012. That was the last time I saw Eugene in person. I received the news about his death on October 2, 2012. The next few weeks were very hard on me. Eugene left behind many friends and a lot of loving family. Eugene was only 15 when his will to live sadly ran out. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States (Moragne par. 1). Ever since Eugene’s death, I have dedicated myself to helping those who are contemplating suicide and to those who self-harm. Suicide and self harm should be taught more in schools because educating the students about the warning signs can help identify someone in need, educating the students about the risk factors can make the students more accepting towards others, and it provides the students with the support systems that schools have to offer.
Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them personally and with that moving on to get immediate help. Recognizing the warning signs can be difficult if you do not know what to look for. The warning signs can be different for everyone. For example, someone who might be suicidal might loose interest in activities they usually love doing like sports and musicals (Microvitz par. 13). A suicidal person’s appetite and appearance may also change The person could start eating foods they usually do not like or they may stop eating the foods they usually do like. Their appearance may change as well in how they choose to present themselves and also by what they wear. They may decide that it is not worth it to dress and look nice or that since these may be their last few days they wanted to look nice (par. 12, 15) . Their performance in school or work may drop (Moragne par. 6) and they may find it hard to concentrate and focus on the tasks at hand (Microvitz par. 13). Some may start doing drugs and drinking alcohol or they may start to do it more often than usual (Microvitz par. 15). Some also make half-hearted attempts to commit suicide. This means they are trying to commit suicide with a method they know will not work. This includes driving recklessly (Microvitz par. 14). Although common in adolescence, an increase of mood swings is also a...

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