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The Search for Suicide Methods for Teens and Youth Today, Shocking!

Youth suicide rates are sadly out of control. Research from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says among young people, suicide is third leading cause of their death. About 4,600 young people, between the ages of ten to twenty-four, die from suicide each year.

Death is not the only result from a suicide attempt, because more people survive than die. Around 147,000 youth end up in hospital emergency rooms each year with a self-inflicted injury. Some survivors have permanent damage from the suicide attempt, such as having a brain injury or paralysis. Those who survive have a higher risk of attempting suicide again.

Suicide methods statistics say forty-five percent use guns, forty percent use hanging or suffocating, and eight percent use drug overdoses or poison.

The CDC reports many young people are thinking about suicide. A survey across America found sixteen percent of high school students had seriously contemplated suicide, thirteen percent had made a plan, and eight percent attempted suicide.

Suicide affects all youth. Males die from suicide more frequently than females, but females make more attempts. Deaths from suicides, for ten to twenty-four year-olds, were eighty-one percent boys and nineteen percent girls. Native American youth have the highest suicide rates. Hispanic youth report more suicide attempts than blacks or Caucasians. Suicide is especially impactful for those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered (LGBT). Bullying is a major cause of youth suicide, when those under attack see no other way out. Many adults question why don’t these depressed youth seek help or reach out. Often they do reach out, but others ignore calls for help or do not take them seriously. In the case of bullying, often a call for help has no effect whatsoever on the daily torments these youth are facing.

There are certain risk factors, which may influence whether a young person attempts suicide. Just because the risk factors exist, does not mean they will attempt suicide. Nevertheless, these are the warning signs as published by the CDC:

  • A previous attempt of suicide
  • Suicide of another family member
  • Mental health problems and depression
  • Using drugs or alcohol
  • A life event, which is extremely stressful
  • A major loss
  • Easy access to firearms or other suicide methods
  • Other youth’s suicidal behavior (copy-cat syndrome)
  • Going to jail

If any of these risk factors are present, there are things to do to help a suicidal young person.

Talk to Them

For parents with teenagers, it sometimes seems like a gigantic wall arises between the parents and their children. Part of this is the normal process of growing up. Young people need to find themselves using their own values. Most times this includes a great deal of rejection of parent’s authority. This makes communication very difficult, if not impossible.

Signs of real trouble are extreme behavior, when teenagers completely isolate themselves. This is often when self-harm thoughts arise from the feelings experienced by the young people. One recommendation is to try to talk with your teenagers, not talk at them.

If there are problems at school, it helps to talk about similar problems that others have. This keeps the young person from feeling they are on the spot and opens the opportunity to feel less alone. Sometimes a very bold statement works in this regard. If it is true, saying something such as “When I was your age, I felt like killing myself.” may spark communication. It surprises young people to learn how common this feeling is. The difference between having a suicidal feeling and acting upon it, is the difference between life and death.

Talk to the School

Discuss any indication of bullying problems at school with the school officials. Sometimes this effort fails to make a change, but it is important to make the attempt anyway. Schools are beginning to deal with this bullying problem more effectively. School officials pay attention to bullying now, because the consequences ultimately are horrific when they do not. If the problem persists, change schools if necessary.

Get Them to Talk with a Professional Counselor

Professional counseling is important to give a young person someone else to talk with, who is not his or her parent. Young people need interaction with adults. In fact, they crave it. Nevertheless, they desire equality in the conversations, not treatment as if they are little kids. Adults are reluctant to give up control, because they wish to protect their children. Children act out when they become teenagers. With a lifetime of living together, this feeling of equality between adult and child is often very difficult to achieve. This is because both the adult and the young person must transition to a different way of acting and communicating.

Drastic Detective Measures

We do not like the idea of spying on someone, especially looking at his or her private information without permission. Nevertheless, sometimes the situation warrants a violation of privacy, when there is a high risk of a young person’s intent to commit suicide.

A keylogger is a device used on a computer to capture passwords and computer activity. This is something, not for general snooping, but might be a lifesaver if suicide risk is high. Proceed with caution, using this method only if absolutely necessary.

If the young person has a Gmail or a Google+ account, a record of search history is automatic. In order to read it, one must sign in to Gmail using their password. Parents should use this method with great diplomacy; otherwise, there is risk of complete alienation of the young person and perhaps making suicidal tendencies worse. However, with the password, one may see all the searches made using Google. Unless turned off, this feature is the default setting for anyone using any of Google’s services.

To see the history, sign into the account using the password and go to

Look for search terms such as:

  • best suicide methods
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  • suicide methods that work
  • easy suicide methods
  • suicide methods pills
  • easiest suicide method
  • most effective suicide method
  • most common suicide methods
  • effective suicide methods
  • quick suicide methods
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  • methods of suiciding
  • top suicide methods
  • painless methods of suicide
  • successful suicide methods
  • suicide method

Any young person seriously contemplating suicide is very likely looking for information about suicide online. If this is happening, there is a high probability the Google history will show some of the search activity using search terms such as these.

Physical Intervention

In serious cases, time is a critical element. If necessary, do not hesitate to use physical intervention when suicide seems likely. Check them into a mental health care facility and get them put under suicide watch. Professional counseling will support their recovery and teach them how to deal with these self-attack thoughts. Remember, these drastic efforts are to prevent a murder, a murder by the young person of himself or herself. Nobody wants this to happen. Even the young person eventually realizes they are better off alive than dead.

About the Author

The author of this article was extremely suicidal from the age of 15 until 22. Drugs and alcohol use made the depression worse. The desire to commit suicide was very strong. The suicide had a plan, a date, and a method chosen to accomplish it. The idea was to make it look like an accident, so that those left behind would not feel guilty about it. This suicide was not about getting even, but instead to escape a world where a person who is different, feels they cannot fit in. It seemed like the only way out, was to commit suicide.

Luckily, the author met another person like him, who was also very depressed, isolated, and lonely. They decided to kill themselves together. The surprising problem with this new plan was they enjoyed hanging out together, so life became not so horrible after all.

Once they became adults, they moved to San Francisco together. Life changed for the better. They associated with other gay men like themselves and started having a really good time. This was during the 1970s. Then in 1981, the AIDS epidemic hit.

Over the next few years, more than thirty of the author’s friends died from AIDS, including his best friend who was the one who saved him from suicide. One would think this would make a person so depressed they would really want to commit suicide, but the exact opposite happened. By seeing all his friends, who wanted to live more, die from AIDS, it was impossible to have the thought of killing oneself on purpose ever again. This showed how valuable being alive is, no matter how horrible the circumstances.

For those young people thinking about suicide, who believe no one loves them, that no one understands them, and no one can help, please, before you give up completely – call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) to talk to us.

We know how this feels. Even we are strangers, we accept you as you are, and we can help. Discover some other articles that could help below: 

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