Imagine you're standing atop a high bridge, you take a deep breath, say one .
last silent goodbye to your friends and family, and you leap to your death. .
By doing this, you're making a permanent solution to a temporary problem. .
You may be solving your own personal problem, but imagine the pain, suffering, .
and anguish that your friends, family, and peers go through. The people .
around you are wondering what was going through your mind and why .
you did it. Maybe you even told some of your friends that you were .
going to do it, and they didn't believe you, thinking it were a joke. .
You may have told your friends about your plans, but apparently .
your parents had no clue as to why you would choose to take .
your life, but this is the case with most teenage suicides. .
A lot of the time the parents don't have any clue that .
there was anything wrong in their children's lives, and also the .
teen's friends might have had some kind of clue, but they didn't .
do anything about it. Overall, they are left grieving their dead .
child or friend who took their own life away without any explanation. .
Sadly, teen suicide occurs nearly 5,000 times each year. Even more .
amazing is that 400,000 to 2 million teens attempt to commit suicide .
each year. Psychologists and therapists, teachers and school couslers, .
leaders of youth groups, and researchers who study society and young .
people have come up with a list of reasons as to why the teen decided to .
kill themselves. The list of culprits is long: too much divorce, too little .
religion, too much television, and too little communication between parents .
and children have been blamed. Absent parents, too much sexual freedom, .
widespread use of drugs and alcohol, too many guns, not enough love, and .
a world that seems hostile has also been blamed for pushing young people .
to their deaths. All these reasons have probably contributed to the suicides .
of teens, but none of them provide the final explanation as to what pushes .