Suicide Linked to PTSD and Prevention
To: Senior Lecturers and HOD
From: Student’s Name
Date: 19th April, 2019
Subject: Suicide Linked to PTSD and Prevention
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common medical condition that leads to suicide among affected victims. This proposal requests to undertake a research process that establishes the relationship between PTSD and suicide as well as how to prevent the latter.
The number of suicide deaths is rising in most modern communities. Different communities have different sources of trauma. For instance, warzone regions such as Congo and Northern Nigeria are likely to have individuals suffering from PTSD. Gun violence is a similar cause of trauma in developed nations such as the U.S. and Australia. Victims of sexual harassment and exploitation also depict signs of trauma (Gradus, 2018). The modern social life of individuals is likely to attract trauma from different sources. Patients suffering from PTSD end up committing suicide due to either the magnitude of the trauma or lack of medical assistance.
Suicide is a condemned vice in most communities. Individuals who are caught trying to commit suicide are sued in a court of law. Aside from being illegal, suicide is also forbidden by most religions such as Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Suicide cases are rising among patients suffering from PTSD (Shalev, Liberzon & Marmar, 2017). In the U.S., for instance, several individuals who commit suicide link the phenomena to PTSD. France is also reporting a high rate of suicide cases among the police. There is a need to establish the main links between suicide and medical complications arising from post-traumatic stress. This research will provide relevant conclusions from both primary and secondary research. The main objective of the research is to provide prevention mechanisms that would reduce suicide cases among PTSD patients.
Suicide is a common phenomenon that affects individuals from different communities. Members of indigenous communities in Australia, for instance, have recorded an increased rate of suicide in recent years. Psychologists attribute the suicide to social discriminative practices in Australia such as racial discrimination and systemic minority oppression. Gun violence is also a common source of suicide that arises from PTSD (Wamser-Nanney et al., 2019). High school and college students are affected by gun violence which takes place inside academic institutions. For instance, a 20-year old female student committed suicide while in her first year of college studies. Her parents noted that she had never recovered from a mass shooting that took place at her former high school. Moreover, psychologists also associate survivors of war zones with suicide cases that result from PTSD. War zone regions depict mass deaths in the form of genocide or suicide.
Primary research will play a key role in collecting qualitative data patients of PTSD. Interviews will be set up with different target audiences for the research. The research will arrange a face-to-face interview with high school students who have experienced gun violence. These students will provide data that will be integrated with research objectives (Yehuda, et al. 2015). For instance, male and female students will be allowed to narrate an entire ordeal of gun violence that took place in their schools. Qualitative data from the interviews will measure the magnitude of PTSD among students who experience gun violence. Male and female interviewees will provide qualitative data that establishes which gender is likely to commit suicide.
This research will also use video calls to interview individuals residing in war zone regions. Video calls will be essential in collecting both qualitative and quantitative data. This information will determine how sounds of gun-shootings and nuclear explosives affect community members (Marmar et al., 2015). PTSD is an untreated illness in war zone regions as most medical officers cannot access patients with ease. Primary research will also include observation of indigenous communities in Australia and Canada. For instance, the Gypsies will form a suitable audience for observation as a means of understanding the rising cases of suicide. Indigenous communities experience social exclusion from other community members leading to high-stress levels.
This research will benefit different individuals from affected communities. Gathering information from high school students will enable high school institutions to deal with PTSD using informed practices. For instance, officers from academic institutions might partner with community members to arrange social platforms for victims to express their emotional trauma (Gradus, 2018). Psychologists note that communication is an important form of reliving high levels of stress among PTSD patients. Victims from war zones will also provide information about the evolution of PTSD to suicide. Individuals who see bodies of dead people portray accurate signs and symptoms if different mental illnesses.
Recommendations from this research will aid responsible agencies in responding to suicide cases arising from post-traumatic stress. For instance, the Australian government might consider adopting social inclusion programs that uphold moral values among all public members. Indigenous communities will benefit from being recognized equally as other Australians (Kuipers et al., 2016). Recommendations in this research will also advise on how to deal with post-trauma while its initial stages. For instance, parents will be advised on how to address post-trauma among their children affected by gun violence.
Causes of PTSD should be mitigated to avoid high cases of suicide among affected victims. This research will provide relevant recommendations for addressing the prevention of suicide cases among PTSD patients.
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