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Everyday 700 people between the ages of fifteen and twenty-four attempt suicide An estimated 5000 teens a year commits suicide in the United States This makes suicide the second leading cause of death for teens in our country Many of these suicides appear like accidents Suicide is a great problem in America McGuire 1990 Suicide has a terrible affect on families It is very hard for anyone to get over the loss of a person especially a young person Statistics show that parents that loose a child split up within five years The community in which a suicide victim lived is also affected this includes friends and strangers The teacher of Alicia Hayes who committed suicide in May of 1996 noticed changes in her behavior and today is feeling very guilty because she did not do anything about it Most people including Alicias teachers and family will never fully get over a suicide Kolehmainen Handwerk 1986Suicide has been around for a long time The first written account of suicide was about 4000 years ago in Egypt Eskimos once practiced suicide to provide food during times when there was none During World War II Japanese Kamikaze pilots crashed into enemy targets this was considered honorable Greeks and Romans believed suicide was okay However Hebrews and Christians prohibit suicide it is considered murder Catholics believe that suicide contradicts the natural inclination of humans to preserve bodies Hyde 1986 The Catechism of the Catholic ChurchMany different types of people attempt suicide Often teens that are considered perfect are so pre-occupied with achieving approval of other peoples goals Rebels cover up their feelings with anger and bullying Drug users try to escape their pain through drugs All of these people may end up feeling empty inside which could result
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