Why Teens Commit Suicide: And What Can Be Done to Prevent It?

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By the time Cheryl Sharp was 18 years old, she had attempted to end her own life on three separate occasions. Her first attempt occurred when she was just 13.

Despite having many friends and social outlets, she said her teen years were marked by a pervasive sense of loneliness. “I felt like I did not belong in the world, that I didn’t really have a place where I was of value,” Sharp said. “What happened in the first attempt was the same thing that happened in all others. I felt overwhelmed by my emotional states and simply did not have the positive coping resources I needed to move through life.”

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