Suicide in middle schools By: Abby Stebbins

In my opinion, I think that we can prevent suicide in middle schools. Suicides in middle school have increased from 0.9% to 2.1% and doubled over the course of 2007 and 2014. Teen suicides are higher percent than car accidents all around america in fact, double!

Just middle schoolers!

In fact, wisconsin's teen suicide rate is higher than national average. We need to help to put a stop to this problem and figure out why this is happening. In the article, “Middle school suicides reach an all time high”, published by NPR, one myth that we think is that you can’t prevent suicide. Usually, people who are talking about suicide, don’t want to take their own lives. www.foxnew.com says people who are thinking about suicide, drop hints about it in english papers or letting their friends know, but the problem is we don’t realize it until after committing suicide.

One way of preventing suicide is identify those students at risk and getting them help. NPR also says that the fact is for the first time ever middle school students ages 10-14 years old are dying more by suicide than automobile accidents. The suicide rates for girls in this age range have tripled since 1999 due to cyber bullying, Fox 47 says.

Health care professionals are working on ways to screen students to figure out if they are suicidal by asking questions. People who commit suicide have been to the ER within one year of taking their own lives. Some signs of being suicidal is depression, loss of concentration, not participating or just not being themselves, an article of “Middle School” published by Suicide Prevention Resource Center or SPRC says.

They also say if we realize it, we can help them by getting them the right treatment with The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention or The American Association of Suicidology. They can help by giving you useful guidelines for schools and home based on what’s happening. Teen suicide rates can go down with the use of effective screening tools and more awareness training for teachers and parents.

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