Good morning Principal, teachers and fellow schoolmates, I am Dodeca Chan of class 3B. Today, I will give a speech on the causes of teenage suicide in Hong Kong and the solutions.
Hong Kong teenagers are undoubtedly some of the most fortunate among their counterparts around the world. We are entitled to various freedoms. We enjoy a 12-year compulsory education. We have a sound economy. However, despite all these, many teenagers still commit suicide. Over the past half year, more than 20 incidents of students committing suicide have occurred, arousing wide public concern that students committing suicide has become a trend.
First and foremost, teenagers lack parental care. Many parents work endlessly. When they came back home, their kids have already gone to sleep. They cannot provide adequate love and support towards their kids. Although teenagers act like parental love is dispensable, they want to gain love from their parents. Caring may be the motivation for teenagers to have positive views towards life.
Moreover, teenagers have difficulties keeping up at school. Teenagers are pressured to do well in school so that they will stand a better chance of college scholarships and other awards. Extracurricular activities can be a cause of stress. Some parents push their teens to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities in addition to their studies. Some teenagers thrive in such an environment, others cannot handle the pressure.
Parents should listen and show love to their teenagers. The teenagers may be happier when parents show understanding and are not judgmental to them. For example, parents can spend ten minutes after dinner every day to listen to their kids talking about their daily life.
By and large, teenagers should balance their studies and pressure. Teenagers should limit their ability to do damage by keeping anything harmful out of reach. If teenagers need help, they should seek them from professionals and social workers. Nonetheless life is valuable. They should not end their life carelessly. This is the end of my speech. Thank you!