The summer holidays are coming to an end, and the new school year is about to begin. Some people may be excited about the first day, wanting to talk to old friends. Others may be looking forward to meeting new classmates joining the school community. Amidst the positive atmosphere, some people may be dreading the first day of school. Not as simple as hoping summer would never end, but feeling the need to die. Recent research shows that teenage suicide cases increase during the months of August and September. Keeping this in mind, it is important for everyone to pay closer attention to others as the upcoming school year begins.

According to the Centers  for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the third leading cause for death among teenagers in the United States. As one gets older, the more there is to consider. For those who are heading towards the last few years of high school, stress that comes from thinking about exams and college applications can lead to suicide. For others who are victims of bullying at school, the fear of being bullied again can lead to the decision of suicide. Teenagers are at that stage in life where they are standing in-between childhood and adulthood. Struggling to figure out who they are, teenagers find it extremely difficult to ask for help. As a result, it is easy for one to feel as though committing suicide is the only solution to solving their inner problems.

Teenagers are not adults, and they still need guidance. In times of great emotional stress, it can be hard for one to realize how precious their own life is. Thinking through things alone, teenagers may find it difficult to understand that committing suicide does not mean letting go of their emotional struggle, but that it means letting go of their possibilities in life for a problem that could have been solved with help. Nothing is worth committing suicide. In situations where someone believes that there is no other solutions than to die, another person must be there to make them stop and think. Someone must tell them that it is okay to ask for help, that there are people willing to help, and that it is okay to not do something if that is going to stop them from giving up their life. As long as a person is alive, life will go on. As long as a person is alive, there will come a time when they realize that they made the right decision to keep living.

Phrases such as “I am going to die” get tossed around often as a joke in daily conversations. However, there are times when a person really means what they say. Every sixteen point two minutes, a person commits suicide. Don’t ignore it. Don’t ignore their signals. The simplest of phrases like “Are you okay? Do you want to talk?”  can save a life. If someone seems to be acting a little bit differently than usual, tap them on the shoulder, ask them if everything is alright, and make sure that they realize that they are important individuals.

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