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This paper evaluates the literature available on mental health problems with reference to adolescent suicides and the risk factors behind this phenomenon. The paper provides statistics and shows how suicide is a growing sociological issue that affects a large proportion of society. The paper contends that mental health issues and suicide must be a priority in our society today.
From the Paper:"U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher in a report became the first surgeon general ever to mention suicide as a serious public-health threat. Disaster might be a better word, in light of the numbers: Each year, says the report, half a million Americans try to kill themselves and fail. Another 30,000 succeed. This makes suicide the eighth leading cause of death in the United States - far ahead of homicide, which claims about 19,000 lives a year. And though the overall suicide rate hasn't changed much over the years, the incidence of suicide among adolescents and young adults has nearly tripled since the early 1950s. For people 15 to 24 years old, suicide is now the third leading cause of death. These numbers may be shocking, but they're neither mysterious nor immutable. As the surgeon general's thoughtful report notes, the people most vulnerable to suicide are easy to spot. Far more likely than not, they're suffering from depression or some other mood-affecting brain disease. They may also be struggling with chemical dependency, with physical illness, with terrible loss, with social isolation. They may have a family history of suicide or easy access to a gun."
Cite this Persuasive Essay:
Adolescent Suicides (2003, September 24) Retrieved May 31, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/persuasive-essay/adolescent-suicides-36214/
"Adolescent Suicides" 24 September 2003. Web. 31 May. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/persuasive-essay/adolescent-suicides-36214/>