Teen Suicides by Alexis Osorio c/o 13

“I don’t know what I would do if one of my friends committed suicide, it is a horrible thing to experience and leaves you emotionally weak. My prayers go out to all the families that are affected by these tragedies,” those are the words of senior Marisa Cortes.

Teen suicides are a huge issue many people overlook, even though it has a devastating effect on many families. These families are left to fill a void in their hearts now that their loved one is gone. There are many cries for help that are ignored or brushed off as unimportant. Never ignore a call for help, especially if it comes in the form of a suicide attempt. Studies show that four out of five have been preceded by clear warning signs, these signs should never be ignored and always treated as serious. Some of these signs include problems at school, disinterest in favorite hobbies, changing eating habits, and increased emotional distress. These all are serious signs that your loved one may be going through a hard time. Never ignore someone who is in need because the consequences may be more than what they had to be.

This past Wednesday there was a suicide attempt at North Shore High School, which was an eye opener for many people. Eleazar Alejandro commented on the news stating,” I was surprised to hear the news of what happened and it opened my eyes. I will always try my best to support all of my friends the best I can and try to avoid tragedies like these.” The attempt was allegedly because of depression over the break-up of a relationship. Although it may seem like something small it ended in serious implications.

That is why the signs should never be ignored and support for your loved ones is of the most importance. Teen suicides are not an issue that many people focus on but that does not mean that people should not be educated about it and aware of it.

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