There is an increase in suicide rates due to the influence of the internet and social media. Whether this influence will pose a significant risk to the public and how public health approaches might be used to address the issues in suicide rates (Luxton, June, & Fairall, 2012). This issue of the increase of suicide is supported by Kochanek, et al. (2019). Proposed suicide as a major public health problem; more than 30 000 suicide deaths in the United States and nearly 1 million suicide deaths worldwide occur every year. There are various factors why students have committed suicide (Kaslow, 2020). Certain factors such as cyberbullying, depression, grade problems, or schoolwork increases the risk of people in committing suicide.
Sonnie (2020) stated that cyberbullying is a common occurrence. One certain thing is that all online kids are at risk of cyberbullying. As well, (Frieden, Jaffe, Cono, Richards, & Iademarco, 2016) estimates that cyberbullying after about 15.5% of high school students. For comparison, about 20 percent of high schoolers experience bullying at school. Some kids are more vulnerable to cyberbullying rather than others. It happens more often to girls than boys, and kids who are disabled, or obese are more likely to be cyberbullied than other kids.
Another factor is depression, wherein the Department of Health and Human Services (2015)csupports that although the majority of people who have depression do not die by suicide, havingcdepression increases their risk of committing suicide compared to people without depression. What’s more, schoolwork problems or grade problems as of today have significantly increased the factors in depression.
To conclude, Suicide has been a problem for many years and is increasing over time (Reid, 2019). Because suicide is the third leading cause of death in age 15-24 according to the Centers of Disease Control (2019). Thus, we must be careful in how we speak and treat people. It would be a great impact if people would start doing actions and cooperate, to prevent and reduce the number of suicides. Creating events such as seminars, programs, open forum groups, or a counselor. Because if a person has trouble, it would be a great benefit for them if they have someone to talk to.
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