One of the most common social issues is suicidal. When we talk about suicide, it simply means that the person wants to end his life. Teen suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults. For your information, suicide rates were higher in males than in females. This applies in almost all countries. Sometimes, only by asking the teens if they are thinking about killing themselves may give the idea of suicide. This is because they are still young and dumb, and when they are stress overload, the only solution they can think of is commit suicide. When they die, they do not have to think about any problems anymore. No more self torturing and long waiting for a day to pass. The one question everyone has asked without exception, that they ache to have answered more than any other, is simply: why? Why did their friend, child, parent, spouse, or sibling take their own life? Even when a note explaining the reasons is found, lingering questions usually remain: yes, they felt enough despair to want to die, but why did they feel that?
In Japan, there is a place name Aokigahara, located at the base of Mount Fuji, also known as “The Suicide Forest”. The most common means of suicide in the forest were hanging or drug overdose. In recent years, local officials have stopped publicizing the numbers in an attempt to decrease Aokigahara’s association with suicide. The rate of suicide has led officials to place a sign at the forest’s entry urging suicidal visitors to seek help and not take their own lives. Not only that, a movie based on true story had been published in cinema in year 2016. It was about a girl trying to find her disappeared twin in Aokigahara, Japan.
Next common social issue are students playing truant. Although it is not a serious problem but if left unchecked, truancy can lead to juvenile delinquency and numerous other negative outcomes. Truancy may lead to bullies, snatch thieves, robbery, cigarettes, drugs, gangsterism and crime. Truancy mostly happen in secondary school where students will hanging out somewhere outside the school such as shopping mall, roadside and also at the cyber cafe. Youths who play truant have an increased risk of dropping out of school. School dropouts are more likely to be unemployed as prospective employers are concerned about attendance of their potential employees. Regular school attendance is also important for academic success. If a student often plays truant, he may fail in his examinations. They tend to cheat in their examinations by copying their friends’ answers. They don’t do as well in tests and assessments. This is because they did not know exactly what had been taught in class and they do not understand a single thing. Grades would not be a priority for students who play truant since they did not take their studies seriously. Students who play truant also have low self-esteem and become social misfits.