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Today's Teenagers Often Search for Suicide Methods Online

Author: Ciaran Connolly
Published: 29th Oct 2014 - Updated: 22nd Mar 2018
Peer-Reviewed Publication: N/A
Additional References: LGBT Adolescents Publications

Summary: Alarming statistics reveal teens are searching online for suicide methods and websites or blogs dedicated to aid teenagers and youths in committing suicide.


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More and more every day, teens and youths are actively surfing the World Wide Web for easy suicide methods and ways to die painlessly. Why are tomorrow's leaders suicidal with no way out of their depression? NoBullying finds the answers in an article released today.

It is now official that suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people. About 4,600 young people, between the ages of ten to twenty-four, die from suicide each year in the United States alone.

What is alarming is that teens are using the internet to search for suicide methods and there are numerous websites and blogs that are dedicated to aid those impressionable teens and youths in committing suicide under no supervision from parents and caregivers whatsoever.

From terms such as "painless suicide methods" to "I want to die" and "slit wrists", search engines are bombarded everyday with queries about suicide and how to commit suicide. Should Google and other search engines interfere? In the world of free internet and freedom of information, the answer is: of course not.

Suicide is especially impactful for those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered (LGBT). Bullying is a major cause of youth suicide, when those under attack see no other way out. Many adults question why don't these depressed youth seek help or reach out. Often they do reach out, but others ignore calls for help or do not take them seriously. In the case of bullying, often a call for help has no effect whatsoever on the daily torments these youth are facing.

If there are problems at school, it helps to talk about similar problems that others have. This keeps the young person from feeling they are on the spot and opens the opportunity to feel less alone. Sometimes a very bold statement works in this regard. If it is true, saying something such as "When I was your age, I felt like killing myself." may spark communication. It surprises young people to learn how common this feeling is. The difference between having a suicidal feeling and acting upon it, is literally the difference between life and death and it is all up to parents to talk it out with children or teens showing suicidal signs.

Ciaran Connolly, Co Founder of NoBullying says,

"Teens and Youths are actively depressed and suicidal with no place to turn to but the anonymous and accepting world of the internet, it is up to parents and caregivers to protect their children from depression and suicide."

He added that parents and teachers should make a point to educate the younger generations about the sad outcome of bullying online. According to Connolly, it is quite imperative to press for more firm laws condemning all acts of cyber bullying and cyber harassment.

NoBullying.com features many pages dedicated to parents, teens, teachers, health professionals as well as posts related to cyber safety and the latest news about law making concerning curbing Bullying worldwide as well as inspirational Bullying Poems and famous Bullying Quotes.

The website regularly updates its bullying statistics and cyber bullying statistics as it is essential to understand how widespread the bullying epidemic is. It also regularly runs cyber bullying surveys and questionnaires to get recent updated statistics on everything related to cyberbullying.

He also added that anyone suffering from bullying in any form or way can always find advice and help on the NoBullying website - but if anyone is suffering from severe bullying or cyber bullying, the best thing is to talk to someone locally - a parent, teacher or local organization that has been set up to help with specialized councilors to deal with this topic.

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• (APA): Ciaran Connolly. (2014, October 29). Today's Teenagers Often Search for Suicide Methods Online. SexualDiversity.org. Retrieved April 12, 2024 from www.sexualdiversity.org/sexuality/adolescent/118.php


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