Teen Suicide Essay

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Jacob Koval Bransby English 1120 1/27/13 Stopping Teen Suicide In my hometown of Palo Alto, California there is a problem with teen suicide. Over the Past five years there has been a massive increase in the amount of Palo Alto teens who have committed suicide. This is thought to be caused by the stress from the pressures of growing up in Palo Alto since it is such a successful area. It is in the center of the Silicon Valley and is home to many of the most successful people in the United States including Mark Zuckerberg. With all of the wealth that is present it causes some teens to feel that they may not always be living up to expectations. This causes massive amounts of stress in school and can lead to severe depression in some cases. This depression is becoming harder and harder to spot in teens and can be missed by even the closest of friends. Dr. Phil even had a special episode on his show to cover teen depression and visited Gunn High School in Palo Alto to conduct interviews. Teen suicide is an increasing problem nationally as well, and can change entire communities. Many doctors and experts have offered their opinions and possible solutions to the growing problem. Because of the effect teenage suicide has had on my community and others nationwide, I will examine articles that are focused on the causes of teen suicide and ideas to stop suicide in the future. An article written in the New York Times in January of 2013 by Kay Wyma, tries to examine the reasoning of teens who commit suicide and how we need to do little things to try and prevent suicide. Wyma is a stay at home mom who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and worked in the White House, and has sufficient time dealing with teenagers. The article is titled “Could Responsibilities Help Prevent Teenage Suicide?”, and Wyma suggests that giving teens simple or complex tasks

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