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Becoming a teacher entering into a wonderful profession also deals with many difficult issues The problems faced by the adolescents of today has greatly changed and even increased from earlier times Adolescent suicide is a dreadful and ghastly problem that as an educator numerous will run into It raises many questions What are the statistics and in what ways do children attempt to carry out a suicide What are the reasons behind it What are the warning signs to look for Is there a difference between males and females Does educating the children about suicide increase the rate Are these children mentally ill or possibly depressed What should be taken seriously Is an attempt just seeking attention What ways can a teacher or a person close to them help The statistics that scare any rational human being involve a number and percentage that is much too large and it is the second leading cause of death for adolescents among the ages of 15 to 19 It is also the second for college students with homicide being the third It is the fourth leading cause for those 10 to 14 years old and the rate has more than tripled since the 1950s As of September 1999 the rate was 138 per 100000 children that committed suicide For 10 to 14 year olds from 1980 to 1992 it increased 120 Although over the last decade it has gone up a total of 200 Some of the ways these children either attempt or commit suicide depends on what is available A myth that suicide is painless glorifying it in the movies does not help and it does not relate to the fact that many methods chosen are very painful The reality is pills drugs hangings guns or most of the many ways involve agony and hurting Having a firearm in the house also contributes to the chance that they will use it Out
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