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I'm sure everyone in the past few years has noticed the upswing in teen suicides; whether from mounting school pressure, peer pressure, bullying, and so on. WE all know this has been happening. But never before has it hit me so close to home. My little sister, who is 16 years old, is in tears, having just found out that one of her friends has committed suicide. He was a senior in high school... Young... Prom king, 4.0, on the soccer team. But for whatever reason this young boy chose to take his life. My heart aches for my sister, and the family of the boy, who we know.

As adults, we have to be more aware of the plight of the youth. Their emotional problems are real to them, not just the silly dramatic moans of a teenager. Whether or not we understand why the youth can be so down-trodden, they feel the way they feel for a reason. If you notice a young person in your community is down, try to help. Let someone know. If you see the warning signs, as suicidal persons tend to show signs before the act, alert someone. Alert a parent or teacher. And if you are a parent, make sure your children are never ashamed or scared to talk to you about anything! Whether it be sex, drugs, bullying, school; anything! Make sure your children know they can talk to you, and seek comfort from you. Because many suicidal kids are desperate and scared, and think they have no one to turn to.

As for my young viewers in high school or below... Make sure you treat everyone with the same amount of care and respect you might treat your mother, or best friend. You never know what affects your words have on people. And you may never be able to correct yourself before it's too late. Be kind, even if others are not kind to you. And look out for your friends. No one saw the warning signs in this kid... He could have lived, maybe, if someone had told his mother or a teacher. If a kid is showing signs of self harm, tell someone! Don't be afraid of being called a "snitch" or a "rat." That person whose parents/teachers you told may hate you for a while after, but it could be the difference between life and death.

And if you are suicidal, depressed, or have even just thought about suicide... Sit down, take some deep breaths, and think. Is this what you want? Death is permanent. You can't just come back when you feel like it and hope that everything is better. You die... And you leave your friends and family behind to grieve over your loss. There are always ways to get help... Therapists, your family, your teachers, even your counselors. If you can't afford a therapist, there are call stations you can call for free help. If you need help, seek out help. Nothing is ever worth taking your life...

So everyone, please...In the wake of this tragedy in my families world, keep things in mind. Learn to recognize the signs of suicidal tendencies... Treat people well... And if you are suicidal you need to get help... Because no one wants to go through this type of sadness.

RIP Michael
May your life in the afterlife be happier for you than your life was in the mortal realm
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sgz500 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
I agree that suicide is the easy way out, but is it the right way? When i think of suicide and taking the easy way out, I think of positive things, like what could accomplish in the future and what to look forward to. It definitely helps to talk about it with someone you trust and love. Think about how suicide would affect those whom you love.

Sorry for the loss :(
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ElectricNightmare Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of my friends has been thinking about suicide. He told us in school. He said: "Sometimes I just want to go to a bridge and '. . .' " Fortunately he told us! Our teacher immediately told his family and now he's in therapy. We were all shocked, not only because he confessed it, but also because he didn't seem depressed or anything like that; he is actually the complete opposite!

PS: This may sound odd, but I think the last sentence in this journal is full of win, miss.
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HydraCarina Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
That's so sad... I'm sorry for your loss, and I hope your sister gets through this.

Years ago, when I was a teen, a friend of mine was quite self-destructive, and I was very afraid that she would commit suicide. I'm glad she didn't do it.
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dark-river-mori Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
my condolences to your family and his, you guys will be in mine and my families prayers

and i'll be looking out for my little brother and his friends more now, they're only 10-11 now but i'd like to let them know that they can come and talk to me if they need too at any age if they need it
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Shoka98 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As a young teenager, I have to admit I have thought of suicide alot. But I'm too scared to do it; I don't know what'll hapoen when I die. If it's true that It'll bring peace then great, but what if it doesen't? What if I have to roam around as a ghost, and have to see my friends not know I'm there? I'd miss everyone so much...
So to stop myself thinking of it, I think of all my friends. And my favourite band, Simple Plan. Each of their songs describe one of my problems, and it helps me. I've not told any adults about how I feel, but I always find them moaning about kids being over dramatic. I was only 14 two weeks ago, and I always hear people saying "kids are so ungrateful for life. How can they know how bad it is when they've hardly lived it?"
Tell you what, just because we're still learning and we're young doesen't mean we don't have feelings. Like you said, we think these things for a reason, and sometimes it can simply be because noone will listen, because we're young and noone gives us any respect. It's not fair. Adults always say treat others how you would want to be treated. Why dont they live my that rule too?


R.I.P Michael. I hope wherever you are now, you're not suffering anymore.
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Neptunes-Sparks Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:iconsadhugplz: I'm so sorry for your loss.... In fact I had to go to guidance because on of my friends wanted to commit suicide... He's in CPEP now... I hope it helps him.... I've thought about taking my own life before, but I just couldn't do it... I was put here for a reason, and if that reason wasn't a good reason then so be it. It gets better and it always does :aww:
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snickerdoodles995 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, death is better than life is many aspects. No one can hurt you. You're free from pain. It's something I've come to while sitting in the darkness contemplating suicide. And while I no longer want to take my own life, I do not fear death.
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albinoraven666fanart Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No one knows what comes after death, so no one knows if there is pain or peace. I think it's more important to make sure young people understand that, rather than think it's a easy way out. Because no one knows.
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snickerdoodles995 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hah, not just young people commit suicide. There is nothing worse than a war veteran or a policemen committing suicide. Nothing worse.
And of course, no one knows. But I believe in an afterlife where you feel no pain. You can't thwart me on that.
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albinoraven666fanart Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
whatever you say. But i don't really think your comments on my journal were very appropriate for the mood and subject matter
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