There are many ways that you can define suicide and how it affects us as individuals. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are three different types of suicides. Suicide is defined as death caused by self-directed injurious behavior with intent to die as a result of the behavior. Suicide attempt is a non-fatal, self-directed, potentially injurious behavior with intent to die as a result of the behavior. A suicide attempt might not result in injury. And lastly Suicidal Ideation refers to thinking about considering, or planning suicide. We learn suicide in many different ways, such as listening to music, on television, the acts of another person, bullying, encouragment and many more. Our main focus will discuss how music affects teenagers and adolescents causing and leading them to self-harm and kill themselves. 

According to the American Foundation of Suicidal Prevention, There is no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors and health issues coverage to create an experience of hopelessness and despair. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety, and substance problems, when unaddressed, increase risk of suicide. Some of the things that we can look out for when looking for signs of suicide is the behaviors of another person. Statistics have  proven that suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. for all the ages. In 2017, 47,173 Americans died by suicide and 1,400,000 Americans attempted suicide. There were twice as many suicides in the United States then there were homicides. Among females, the suicide rate was highest between the ages of 45-54, and males aging 65 and older(American Foundation of Suicidal Prevention, Suicide Statistics). 

  There have been many situations of teens killing themselves, because of the encouragement of what artists sing in their music. 2 Famalies Sue Heavy-Metal Band As Having Driven Sons To Suicide, written by Larry Rohter gives an example of two young Nevada men who shot themselves two days before christmas listening to albums by the heavy metal band Judas Priest. Another incident was the traumatic suicide that led to over 100 suicides was the “Gloomy Sunday”, by Rezső Seress’s. According to Ranker by Jessica M. Thomas. In 1933, it was soon known worldwide as the cursed song, “A social reality of 1980s America was a significant rise in the teen suicides”(Jessica M. Thomas). There were many deaths from this song that those that killed themselves had held the lyrics to the song on a note paper as a suicide note. The song was banned in many places because of the increase of suicides. As a result according to Centre for Suicide Prevention, Some commentators claimed that certain emo groups promoted negative behaviors such as cutting, self-harm, and even anorexia. There was a growing fear that positive perceptions of suicidal behaviour were rising, and that this new media was helping to spread its message at alarming rates (Ovell 2011). We also may not forget the case of a 19 year old John McCallum, who shot himself to death while listening to Ozzy Osbourne’s song “Suicidal Solution”. (Robert Olson).

Let us also take a look at the songs that also encourage suicide, for instance the band Blink 182 “Adams song” speaks “ The choice was mine, I didn’t think enough, im to depressed, to go on, you’ll be sorry when I am gone.” This song not only spoke of him not being able to continue with his life, soon after a year later after its release a 17year-old survivor of the Columbine High School shooting used it to soundtrack his own suicide. The song Tonight I Will Retire by Damien Jurado sings “ Tonight I will retire to these hands of the revolver and I don’t fear death, I will commit… Sure me not I deserve to die”. Him shooting himself to forget about the pain that he feels, and that is the only way for him to feel happy.  Alone Again Naturally by Gilbert O’ Sullivan “ I promise to treat myself and visit a nearby tower and climbing to the top will throw myself off.” Writing this song of a bride leaving him at the altar, of a broken heart, his only way to end his pain was by throwing himself off a building. And lastly Papa Roach’s song Last Resort he sings in his song “Cut my life into pieces this is my last resort, Suffocation no breathing dont give a fuck if I cut my arm bleeding.” The song convinces teenagers to question if living is worth it or is it better to commit. These songs as of thousands of more have encouraged those to end their life or try to attempt. We listen to the songs without even realizing what they are saying until the lyrics are right in front of us. 

In conclusion to the effects of music taking away the life of teenagers or adults, instead of encouraging them to look for the help we are only telling them it is okay to give up and doubt yourself. Taking your life away is the only way that you will find happiness. I believe that after the research we see how much suicide has increased even on its own. When the suicide rates started increasing Logic, Alessia Cara and khalid came out with the song (1800)273-8255, which is the number to the suicide hotline. The song encourages men and women to look for help and remind them that taking their life won’t fix the problem. In the song it also includes both point of views that sometimes it’s okay to question who you are nssd question life, but there’s always someone out their who cares about you. If we can encourage young women and me. Or at any age to believe that they have a purpose the death rates and attempts would be lessened and could help many more look for the help that they need.If we can stop industries from publishing the songs that speak upon death or attempt it then we can encourage those to find help.  

Work Cited

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