Teenage Suicidal Awareness: Speak Out About Your Story
June 1, 2016

Dealing with your emotions as a teenager can seem impossible. Different emotions such as anger, love, joy, or sadness can seem like they are pulling you in a million different directions. Then there are times when one emotion dominates all of the others. In these times the emotion that dominates is usually a downer. As a teen, it is common to feel down, alone, or misunderstood. While these tough times may seem like they are never going to get better, they generally do over time. To some suicide may seem like the only solution. In the past 30 years the percentage of suicides is currently at its highest. The shame connected to a teenage suicidal attempt can be detrimental to teens feeling comfortable to seek help. An article in the The New York Times by Jamie Brickhouse reveals her story on overcoming the shame of a previous suicide attempt.

Dealing with a teenage suicidal attempt

Many individuals who have gone through a teenage suicidal attempt reached that point because of feelings of hopelessness and failure. Depression and other mental illnesses are often linked to influencing these feelings. Whether you have experience a teenage suicidal event or an adult suicidal event, remaining silent can increase negative emotions and suicidal thoughts. Being able to talk about these feelings is often times difficult for many people. It is common for people, especially teens, to remain silent about what they are experiencing.  Jamie Brickhouse was silent about her first suicidal attempt for over 11 years and she states her silence nearly killed her.

It is more common than not that those who have died by suicide have made a previous attempt at some point in their lives. Shame plays a large role in keeping people silent about their previous suicidal attempts. It was what kept Jamie Brickhouse silent and due to this she never sought out help until after her second suicidal attempt. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, it is important to address the cause or causes. Mental disorders, a difficult life situation, or painful memories can all be causes of teen suicidal thoughts. Discussing them with someone can be the difference between life and death. Jamie Brickhouse advocates for opening up about your suicide survival story. She states that she owns her story so that her story doesn’t kill her. If you’re suffering from teenage suicidal thoughts or a previous suicidal attempt, find or create a safe group where you can talk about it. Don’t let shame keep you from gaining the help you need.

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