Depression is a psychological disorder which usually affects adolescents and young men up to the age of 24, as people suffering from depression might have attempted suicide.
In 2013, 1 in 7 adolescents considered this drastic measure, i.e. suicide, said the Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Moreover, in 2014, it’s been estimated via the Governor’s Council on Suicide Prevention report that 1 in 14 admitted to have attempted suicide at least once.
The World Health Organization says that approximately 800,000 people die each year because they’ve committed suicide. There are many more instances of suicide attempts. Therefore, millions of individuals are usually affected by the suicide of loved ones. According to 2012 statistics, suicide is the second cause of death among youth and young adults aged 15-29, on a worldwide level.
Nowadays social environment could be the cause of depression and suicide, especially among youth. These social factors imply the alienation adolescents feel, in leading them to such a definitive course of action – suicide.
This is truly unacceptable, whereas peers must keep supporting their youth in order for their mental health to improve. People have to go easy with these youth, as their mental stability is fragile in times when they actually contemplate suicide.
Depression would have to be dealt with in health care centers, whereas this medical condition could be eliminated via specific antidepressants, if we’re referring to medication, or via the help and support from families and friends directed at their loved ones who experience this disorder. Depression is very different from sadness, as one cannot simply “get over it,” therefore immediate action has to be taken.
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America conducted a survey among approximately 2,000 adult Americans to evaluate their perceptions on suicide and mental health.
94 percent of respondents stated that suicide was preventable. 55 percent admitted to have been affected by suicide in some way or another. Moreover, 93 percent of US adults would actually take course of action if a person close to them contemplated suicide. 67 percent of those who responded to the poll said that they would indeed tell someone if they were thinking of attempting suicide, however, men said they would hide this issue from their peers.
The chief medical Officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Dr. Christine Moutier, said that she was happy that
“respondents want to help a loved one by connecting them to the right mental health treatment and support.”
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