High Profile Teen Death Turns Spotlight on Youth Suicide

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After struggling to overcome the symptoms of depression for most of his adolescence the 18-year-old son of Marie Osmond has taken his own life. Michael Blosil’s death is now being used to highlight the teenage suicide problem that many agree is at an epidemic proportion.

It is amongst the leading factor in cause of death of young people in America, with it being the third most likely means by which young people / older teenagers die in the United States. The epidemic is mainly affecting young men according to The National Institute of Mental Health, with young men four times more likely to lose their lives by this means that young women.

The author of, “I Don’t want to Talk About It,” a book which tackles the legacy of male depression has spoken on the subject. Family Therapist Terry Real has stated, “Any time something like this happens, it just makes you shake your head. … It’s very hard to predict.”

He continued in his remarks on the highlighting of suicide as a dilemma for American youth by saying, “We know from research that girls tend to turn things inward … boys and men both tend to turn things outward. So you look at not the depression per se, but the things the kid is doing to get away from it: Drugs and alcohol, acting out, along with feeling depressed.”

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