Coping with Teen Suicide
James M. Murphy, M.D.
Reading Level: Teenagers
I don't want you to kill yourself now or in the future. I wrote this book because I think
there is a way for you, if you are teenager who is having thoughts of suicide, to change
your feelings and your situation, find constructive ways to cope with stress and frustration,
overcome depression, not think of killing yourself and, instead, to want to live and to enjoy
life. If you are a teenager who is not having thoughts of suicide, being aware of what leads
to thoughts of suicide will help you prevent yourself from suddenly becoming suicidal and,
in addition, exploring all of the facets of the path to a happy life will reinforce your wanting
to live. Suicide is an unpleasant and frightening topic because suicide kills people. There is
a fear that if people think about or talk about suicide, they will commit suicide. True, those
people who have killed themselves have thought about it. But, closing our eyes to the topic of
suicide does not make it go away. Suicide is the second or third leading cause of death of teenagers.
If your parents or teachers get upset if they find you reading about suicide, this may be an
opportunity for you to talk with them or with a counselor about your stress, frustration, depression,
or questions about whether or not life is worth living.