Preventing Suicide Among Teens
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"Severe depression is always accompanied by a pervasive sense of suffering as well as the belief that escape from it is hopeless. The pain of existence often becomes too much for severely depressed people to bear." -Unknown
Suicide among today's society is drastically increasing. Especially in high school, teenagers are beginning to think that taking their own lives is the only solution. To me, this solution that teenagers are taking isn't right. Teens should have someone to talk to the minute they have these thoughts. They need someone who they can trust, and properly knows how to guide them to the right direction. However, I want more to be done because in my own experience, guidance counselors are not enough. I've personally known someone in the past who has had depression and was suicidal. To them, they thought talking back and forth was not helping. They wanted to talk to someone who was going through the same thing and to people who have beat depression and want to know how they did it. Unfortunately, they couldn't find anyone, and are still dealing with it to date. They've completely isolated them self from me because I didn't know how to help. After that, I wished I had done something for them or even knew how to help the slightest bit. I visited a website called suicideprevention.ca . This website has taught me so much about why people choose that option and how to help. This websites ultimate purpose is to reduce the suicide rate and minimize the harmful consequences of suicidal behavior. It teaches us how to cope with stress, suicide loss and thoughts, and how to cope with yourself after attempting. However, this website needs donations from as many people as they can get. The money goes toward the printing and distribution of educational resources for individuals, communities and organizations across Canada, the management of the website which is packed full of resources including videos and an interactive map of available Canadian crisis lines and the development of tools and resources for World Suicide Prevention Day and International Survivors of Suicide Day. With your help, anyone dealing with suicidal thoughts, loss, or a survivor will have all the resources needed to heal and prosper. One more goal I want to achieve is getting this website known to many people. To start off, I want this to be in my local newspaper. That way, the citizens in my city can help. To donate, go to http://suicideprevention.ca/get-involved/donate-now/
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