Sample Psychology Paper on Suicide Prevention

Suicide is the 10th biggest cause of death in the United States. Suicide usually occurs
when an individual is suffering from depression or hopelessness. Suicide is the second cause of
death among college students. A recent study found that 1 in every 15 college students had
given it serious consideration in the last one year (Holly) . The prevalence of suicide in the
society is fueled by societal myths and misconceptions about why people commit suicide. Those
who attempt suicide are seen as cowards in the society. There is lack of societal discussion on
suicide and how to prevent it, especially among young people. Those who consider suicide as an
option to solve their problems usually run out of resources to tackle the problems they are facing
(Holly) . These resources include the support of friends and family and financial resources to
handle the prevailing conditions. The social support network is more crucial than financial
resources in preventing suicide.
Some risk factors increase the chances of committing suicide in the society. These factors
include isolation from friends and family, depression, and loss of activity. Suicide is usually a
downward of negative thoughts. Students should be taught how to identify the signs of suicide
and come up with ways to combat the problem (Holly) . The key to preventing suicide in the
society is through learning how to handle frustration, shame, and rejection. Taking part in
aerobic-exercises can help in combating depression and hopelessness. Restricted access to guns
can also help combat suicide although guns violence is part of the larger problem of homicide in

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the United States. Policymakers do not give suicide as a cause of death enough focus. There
should be a legislative solution to suicide that helps in establishing community support centers
and increasing the funding for effective clinical care to those suffering from depression.

Works Cited

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Holly, Weber. Suicide prevention: know where to turn. New York: IU Counseling &
Psychological Services (CAPS), 2017.