America’s number one problem

story by michaela baker, eddie bates and mckenzie mack

Every day there are people, friends and family around the world who have a mindset that life is not worth experiencing anymore. This problem is called Suicide and it is not an easy fix.

Suicide is an issue that needs to be addressed on a national scale. According to The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (, in 2008-2010 suicide killed 30,000 people which is twice the amount of homicides.Suicide not only affects the person, but it also affects their family and friends.

Life is the experiences that we have with others, the fun and the laughs that we all remember. Suicide is alarming to people. They wake up the next day and it hits them that the person that they love is out of their life forever. The only thing left are the words unsaid and the experiences that were shared…only memories.

The factor for suicide can range from bullying to depression according to Suicide Awareness Voices of Education ( The experiences they go through define them although it may not be seen from the eye.

Some may not realize that the way that you make them feel will literally stick with them through the rest of their life and it may scar them. People may think that the bullying or depression is just something that happens and will fade. They also may think it won’t ever affect anyone close to them. They are wrong.

Suicide affects one in every hundred and five people (SPRC). Suicide is also the 3rd leading cause of death for fifteen to twenty four year old Americans (SAVE). This could mean that someone you know may be having these thoughts. Wouldn’t you want to know so you could help them?

The result of feeling suicidal is unlike any other. The loneliness, the depression, the feeling that it is them against the world, the paranoia, the wondering that what they say next will be turned against them by someone. Death seems to be the only way out.

They feel the need to escape everything so much that they want to remove themselves from the world. Sometime the feeling of suicide leaves no other choice and often times consequences aren’t rationalized beforehand.  The family, the friends who will never forget that person or what they meant to them, the teachers, co-workers and lives of people the person may not of known that they touched are changed.

Often times teens use the familiar phrases such as  “kill yourself” and even “go die” joking around when someone may do something. Suicide is not a joking matter and you never know who may be telling to “go die”. Take caution in your words because words can hurt. The littlest of things may stick with someone forever. Choose your actions wisely because in reality we all have something going on inside of us… some just may be worse situations than others.

Suicide is an echoing problem that needs to be solved. Learn the signs. The signs of suicide may be learned from any prevention site or organization. Knowing the signs could lead to saving a life.

Get involved. Suicide can not be ignored. Ignoring the problem can only lead to more of one thing: death. Everyone should get to experience life to the fullest and not want to make a choice to end it before it truly begins. Why wouldn’t you want to save a life if you could?

Visit the Suicide Prevention Lifeline Website to learn about opportunities to volunteer or to donate to the cause.Promote how to get help. The website also offers free printable cards and posters to give to those who may be in need. Know the number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is the free number for any to call to talk to one of the Lifeline networks for help. Every call is confidential and serves for the purpose of help for the caller.

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