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Recognizing, treating depression helps prevent suicide

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Karlie Frasier
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Ms. Stephanie Wamboland, social worker, said 17 percent of high school students consider suicide.

Ms. Stephanie Wamboland, social worker, said 17 percent of high school students consider suicide.

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Ms. Stephanie Wamboland, social worker, said 17 percent of high school students consider suicide.

Everyday, someone commits suicide — some of these people are teens.

In the United States alone, there are 123 suicides per day, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Live Science said one in five teens suffer from a mental disorder severe enough to impact their daily activities.

AFSP also said suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in America with almost 45,000 suicides occurring each year.

Freshman McKenna Taylor said her friends don’t seek treatment for their struggles with mental health.

“More than 10 people I know struggle with depression, and none of them have gotten professional help,” Taylor said.

Mental illnesses, like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, PTSD, eating disorders, and others are serious problems that need to be acknowledged.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2016 nearly 45,000 lives were lost due to suicide, but since 1999 suicide rates have risen more than 30 percent in half of the states.

The CDC also mentions that mental health conditions are often seen as the cause of suicide, yet suicide is rarely caused by any single factor.

In fact, many people who die by suicide are not known to have been diagnosed with any mental health condition at the time of death.

According to Ms. Stephanie Wamboland, social worker, only 41 percent of nearly 3.1 million adolescents who experience depression receive treatment.

Wamboland also said 17 percent of high school students consider suicide, while eight percent end up taking their own lives.

Teen depression and suicide is a problem that isn’t going away, and people need to pay attention to the problem before it gets worse.

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Karlie Frasier, Reporter
  • Birthday: July 4, 2004
  • Hobbies/Interests: Reading, listening to music, writing, softball, soccer, watching AHS, choir, theater, and history.
  • Favorite Quote: “The sun watches what I do, but the moon knows my secrets.” -J.M. Wonderland
  • Favorite Book: “Red Queen” series by Victoria Aveyard
  • Plans After High School: Go into law enforcement.
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