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Is There More Pressure On Young People Today Than Use To Be?

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"Is There More Pressure On Young People Today Than Use To Be" Since the 80's there has been a vast incline in the number of suicides among young people " suicide amongst young men aged 15 - 24 increased in the 10 years up until 1994". Girls aged 15 - 19 are at the greatest risk of suicide attempts. In 1994 859 people aged between 15 - 24 took their own lives. Suicide is not just something you read about in the news it is something which happens on a regular basis and every so often you hear about someone who has committed suicide. Are these increasing numbers just a sign of the changing times are is there a reason behind them? Childline says the main reason for suicide is, abuse, constant rows with someone close, bullying, and stress over exams, and worries the future. These can lead to feelings of anxiety, low self-esteem, isolation and depression. The groups of people more at risk include the unemployed, homeless, young gay men and lesbians and drug addicts. People who also find themselves in bad situations a death, pregnancy or even a relationship ending may contemplate suicide. ...read more.


Both of these can cause mental and physical problems if the problem is not sorted out the problem can leave to death. Some girls take laxatives, which if taken too much can lead, to serious harm. There is also the problem of eating too much to comfort themselves this is known as compulsive eating and the effects can also be very harmful. The programmes on television put pressure on young people to conform to the ideas, which they are being shown to be the norm. Ideas like sex, drink and drugs are all shown on T.V. before the watershed which means children younger than 10 are being told this is what is expected of them when they are older. Parents can put pressure on their own children without even realising what they are doing. Parents want to see their child do well at school, in sport and socially. When a child does badly in an exam most parents will shout at their child and call them names and criticise them when they really need encouragement and support. ...read more.


A lot of children use their parents as their own personnel cash machine and parents just say how much? Many parents have to give their kids lifts everywhere as many children are too lazy to walk whereas our parents would have walk 3 / 4 miles without flinching. There are many more opportunities for qualifications now, even if you do badly in your GCSE's you can go to tech and take a GNVQ from this there could be the opportunity of still going to university. Today most families are closer than what they use to be, they will talk more about their problems and some children may even go to their parents for personnel advice. Many parents are not as strict as their parents may have been as many of our parents would have been terrified of them if they had done something wrong. I believe that young people growing up today and our parents when they were growing up share some of the same pressures. However I think that young people today are faced with extra pressures like drinking, smoking, having sex and looking a certain way. Young people will have to learn how to deal with these new problems to avoid people suffering depression and other problems. ...read more.

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