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Death by suicide is a complex and intense personal act reflecting any number of emotional issues Such an act against oneself can derive from a multitude of psychological sociological and environmental factors Both Australia and other industrialised countries are presently experiencing high numbers of youth suicide deaths An individual involved in unemployment may experience many of the precursors that lead to an event such as suicide In many cases the personal repercussions of unemployment in themselves can bring on many of the mental disorders associated with suicide such as depression and a multitude of social issues However mental disorders such as schizophrenia bipolar and personality disorders have also been strongly linked with both attempted and successful suicides There is evidence of a high suicide and unemployment rate being associated with environmental factors such as people living in rural areas like the Torres Strait Islands who may experience restricted access to health and community services Epidemiological studies have recognised a range of different factors for example drug abuse sexual issues family factors eg abusive relationships educational factors eg leaving school early academic failure all of which have been shown to be associated with suicide suicidal behaviour Addressing the subject of suicide is problematic as the causation of suicide is not reliable Sociological approaches to the youth suicide issue have identified relationships with wider social and political variables including social isolation and changes within the youth labour market from the processes of globalisation and economic restructuring Rather than youth unemployment itself being responsible for an increased youth suicide rate it will be suggested that a combination of psychological sociological and environmental pressures at times brought on by the mental impact of unemployment are a more useful explanation into understanding the relationship between unemployment and youth suicide Adolescence and young adulthood is a period in a lifespan where issues of emotional health become increasingly important A young person will experience insecurities and uncertainties about the emotional and physical
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