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Teen Depression and Suicide

Suicide and depression...

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Thompson, R. A. (2006). Nurturing future generations: Promoting resilience in children and adolescents through social, emotional and cognitive skills. New York, NY: Routledge.

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On Youth Suicide & Depression

For the Dunn family of Aurora Colorado, the loss of their 13-year old daughter Ashley was a painful, unexpected shock. For her parents, she was a good kid, caring and well-liked (Rodriguez, 2015). IN the aftermath, her family came to know that her friends knew something was off about Ashley in her last days but they did not speak up. The family is advocating at giving the youth a way to voice their concerns, so that whatever is affecting them, they can have a chance at getting help they desperately need before tragedy can happen. Colorado Gov. J. Hickenlooper (Rodriguez, 2015) is hoping to put some form of intervention due to the alarming statistics that show that his state has the highest rate of teen suicides in the country. Depression brought on by a number of factors from bullying to emotional, social and other co-morbid issues can lead to teens feeling unable to cope with pressures in school and their family life. In a life stage where they are bombarded with hormones and physiological changes that can lead many to feel confused and overwhelmed so that for many, taking their lives appears to make sense. Below, I explore the subject further.

Depression & Suicide

According to the advocacy SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, 2015), "However, the majority of the people who take their lives (estimated at 90%) were suffering with an underlying mental illness and substance abuse problem at the time of their death. They weren't sick, but their brains were... When it gets sick too often the appearance of the problem is in the form of a mental illness, as in the case of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, or schizophrenia." SAVE (2015) point to depression as a key element in suicide (including attempts) and explain that, "Depression and depressive illnesses are classified as mood disorders in the medical field, including everything from Major Depression to Dysthymia." But what is depression? SAVE (2015) simplifies it as follows, "the nerves in our brain don't touch each other, but rather pass messages from one to the next through chemicals called neurotransmitters. We need just the right amount of this chemical between the nerves to pass the exact same message to the ...

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