We always say as ‘older people’, what it would be like to be young and free. I’m sure that lots of young teens would look at you in bewilderment and think, it’s not that great a life.
I’m not sure when the critical point came but why is it that so many young kids are suffering from depression, anxiety and thoughts of self harm. I am not talking about kids directly in my community but all over. In other parts of my province. In other provinces across Canada. In the U.S. In Europe. The list goes on. I have heard from many young persons asking where they should go for help. This makes me think. Are they not given the tools and resources at their schools? Or are they too afraid to ask. I know that many young kids are saying they don’t want their parents to find out. That is NOT a good thing. Others have said that they just don’t know where to turn. I am not sure what makes them find me. But when they do, I want to be armed with the resources to tell them where they need to go for help.
I think that when we open the doors to discussion, like we have been, we need to make sure that there are resources in place and people who can help. We certainly don’t want to miss those opportunities when kids are ready to talk. I had a girlfriends daughter talk to me today on the phone. The girl admitted that she wasn’t doing well. Like most teens, she didn’t know why or what the trigger was. Alot of it seems to stem from friendships, harassment, social media, feelings of insecurities, and list goes on.
Maybe we need to build in ‘Wellness’ into our school curriculums. And not just focus on it sporadically but every day. We need to build healthy bodies and healthy minds before any form of academic schooling can occur. How many schools teach that on a daily basis? If your son/daughter has it in their curriculum, please let us know. I think for now, that is what is needed. It is a life skill. As I might have previously said in a blog in the past 6 months, life is fragile. It moves by every so quickly. There seem to be so many more demands on our youth, young adults and even older adults.
It’s time for a change of thought patterns and a change of pace. Are stresses any less in smaller communities that away from the big city life? Or how about the communities that are unplugged from technology?
I am including this article on teen suicide and prevention. I have others if you want them. Just let me know.
|Teen suicide warning signs and resources – Kentucky Post
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 24, according to a 2012 Centers for Disease Control report. That translates into about 4,600 lives lost each year. Forty-five percent of those youths used a firearm …
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