Monday, April 22, 2013

S-Suicide and Characters From YA Books


Suicide is a serious public health issue. It is the third leading cause of death among youth ages 10-24 and is the cause of even more self-inflicted injuries that require emergency room visits since more individuals survive an attempt.

Risk factors for suicide include: history of previous attempt, family history of suicide, history of depression or other mental illness, alcohol or drug abuse, stressful life event or loss, easy access to lethal methods, exposure to the suicidal behavior of others, incarceration.

Here are some characters from books who deal with suicide...

Clay Jensen from Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker - his classmate and crush - who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.

Owen, Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae from Crash into Me by Albert Borris have one thing in common: they all want to die. When they meet online after each attempts suicide and fails, the four teens make a deadly pact: they will escape together on a summer road trip to visit the sites of celebrity suicides...and at their final destination, they will all end their lives.


Daelyn Rice from By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Ann Peters is broken beyond repair, and after a string of botched suicide attempts, she’s determined to get her death right.  She starts visiting a website for “completers”— www.through-the-light .com. 

Don't Forget about the power of three!!!

Head over to Moxie Writers for more on the YA cause/tough issue and organizations that help.

Head over to Susan Oloier's site for a song and lyrics that pertain to today's issue.

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