Essay about Suicide: Suicide and Student Suicide Ideation

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Suicide can affect every age group. There are many reasons why someone would be driven to commit suicide and there are three articles that explain different situations of suicide. The three articles that focus on different aspects and situations of suicide are “Social Hopelessness and College Student Suicide Ideation,” “Suicide Attempts in Children and Adolescents in the Welfare System,” and “Tommy.”

In the article, “Social Hopelessness and College Student Suicide Ideation,” by Marnin Heisel, there was a study that examined the relationship between psychological factors and suicide ideation. The purpose of this study was students with suicidal tendencies. The study examined students who had issues with interpersonal and social hopelessness. This was used to predict suicide rates in students. A sample was taken of 143 college students. They completed measures of topics like their daily stress, depression, and feelings of general and social hopelessness. The results showed that the student’s suicide ideation was significantly associated with them. However, an analysis found that depression and hopelessness were the only factors that discriminated between the two groups. The results support a multidimensional predictive model of student suicide ideation. (Heisel 230).

In a similar article about suicide, “Suicide Attempts in Children and Adolescents in the Welfare System,” by Laurence Katz, population studies have been done to examine the psychiatric outcome of children and adolescents in the child welfare system. The objective of the study was to compare the rate of suicide, attempted suicides, admissions to the hospital among children and adolescents in care and those not in care. Another thing that was examined was the outcomes within the child welfare system before and after children went into care:
One method that was used was population-level data to identify children and adolescents five to seventeen years of age who were in care in Manitoba for the first time between Apr. 1, 1997, and Mar. 31, 2006, and a comparison cohort not in care. We compared the two cohorts to obtain relative rates for the specified outcomes. We also determined relative rates within the child welfare population relative to the same population two years before entry into care. We identified 8,279 children and adolescents in care for the first time and a comparison cohort of 353,050 children and adolescents not in care. Outcome rates were higher among those in care than in the comparison cohort for suicide attempted suicide and all other outcomes. However, adjusted relative rates for attempted suicide, admissions to hospital and physician visits decreased after entry into care. Children and adolescents in care were at greater risk of suicide and attempting suicide than those who were not in care. (Katz 1997). This quote explains how dramatic the numbers differ between children and adolescents who are getting treatment and care and those who are not getting the necessary care for suicidal