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Suicide among Young Adults

Suicide among Young Adults

Estee Goren, MA, MFT

 

At one time or another, many teens feel overwhelmed, distressed, and helpless in a difficult life situation. Most suicidal thoughts and feelings emerge from an unresolved problem, intense anxiety, and intolerable pain. When one is in great distress, it is hard to think about anything other than the need to end the pain.  The inability to think clearly and realistically may lead to the horrific conclusion that suicide is the only option. Teens may not be able to grasp the fact that usually time weakens the pain, that the difficulty may be temporary, and that eventually the situation will change. Moreover, some adolescents are unable to comprehend the finality of death.

Although many teens feel that they cannot talk to their parents about their difficulties, most will share their suicidal thoughts with friends. Fortunately, this allows someone to be aware of the situation and seek the professional help needed to save a life. Suicide is preventable, and suicidal behavior is temporary; research shows that most teens are a serious threat to themselves for only a short period of time.

It is important to realize that people who talk about committing suicide may eventually act on their impulses. Individuals contemplating suicide may give away their possessions, lose interest in upholding their appearance, and abandon activities they once found fulfilling. Additionally, they may show signs of depression and aggression. It is imperative that a parent or a friend who notices these signs seeks the help needed to overcome the situation and prevent a tragedy.

 It is evident that those who survive suicide attempts are grateful to be alive, and in most cases, do not attempt it again. It is vital for young adults to recognize that their life is much more valuable than any temporary challenges they may be facing. For this reason, it is crucial that adolescents and teens discuss their situation with a parent, friend, counselor, or anyone else before they make the extreme decision of ending their life. They can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to talk to a professional who is there to help. We all need to watch for the warning signs and take immediate action to keep our dear kids and friends safe.


Estee Goren, MA, MFT
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