In 2011 a reported 4822 deaths were committed by youth between the ages of 15 -24. Many ask why and reasonably so, human nature began answers? These are are the future, the hope of many and when one is lost, it is earth shattering to everyone and even those that did not know the precious child personally.
Data for 2015 indicates a rise at 5491 reported deaths by suicide with an increase from 16.3% in 2001 and now at 18%. The need of change is great. What will you do to contribute to awareness and solution?
There has been an alarming increase in how young children are engaging in self harm behavior. These are early indicators to seek help in finding the roots of what is causing such pain. Unfortunately, depression is a condition very few people are wiling to face with the courage it takes anyone to set aside fear of embarrassment, shame, stigma or any other social more that has detrimentally cost too man lives. Any ideology set to discuss or inflict self harm is unhealthy coping behavior that “SCREAMS” a need of skills in how to navigate the pain leading to thinking and ultimately believing this is a solution. Get help by calling a suicide hotline any time you have concern of someone’s safety.
Dangers of Social Media
Live stream has become the trend in engagement and for some it is validation of their own personal ability to impact the lives of others (for positive or negative). Some people actually do equate some level of self esteem or confidence according to number of people that “like” for watch live streaming. social media number are too the base from which hone one should draw or place a value on personal worth.
A recent and horrific chaos of depression lead to choosing to live stream a suicide. Guard your mind, eyes, and mental wellness. When something goes viral, remember “VIRAL” means something is CONTAGIOUS and there are consequences to personal health. Such a death results in much conjecture. Unless someone has been to the point of this child’s pain, judgement and opinions only satisfy those living to “talk” about it. Because of the need to have answers, opinions suffice to satisfy something in our nature yet opinions can cause more damage. You never know who is reading, hearing, or in a place of pain struggling with what others might think “of the only knew.”
What Can I do?
Focus on facts
People are confused by suicide, people are suffering from a traumatic loss and there are deeply wounded souls in vulnerable places auth benefit greater from compassion than conjecture.
Consider where to place focus. Fact do not change and moreover, truth may not be know yet will not change not matter how many additional facts come to light.
Opinions are not facts and facts are not the truth. In this case as in all cases of suicides truth is what leads in the direction of healing. Facts are often carried with survivors of suicide attempts and any “wrong” judgment or conjecture of what may have been going through the deceased’s mind triggers in “attempt survivors” and survivors of a family member that did take their life empathy and emotions that if not healed. It is unimaginable how difficult how one comes to a place of peace when stigma will continue to be imposed on survivors. Everyone struggles with fear of rejection on some level. The tendency is to place some negative stigma to what is feared, socially devastating and incomprehensible. To a person that has never been to a point of such a dark pit it sat easy and much damage is done unknowingly.
Have a plan to respond
The anyone posts that they were molested it is likely a “Cry for help” depending not e context. In this case when it comes in the form of public post on social media thing and prepare to be proactive. In an age of cyber bullying there is a greater need to become proactive and reach out to a family member, or someone in authority of that person’s “friend” list. Explain that there are serious concerns and indicators and post out how that person may be in trouble based on post. do this privately and provide screenshots then possible. What is seen cannot be unseen and n person wrestling with denial and dismissal as to if there are such indicators, will the have evidence tao ignites their need for answers.
It is better to take concerns seriously any concern of self harm, suicide/ self harm talk is serious. Care enough to error on the side of caution than to lose a life to missed or neglected opportunity you could make a difference.
Determine how you will use Social media
Ultimately, using social media inappropriately may accomplish attention to a serious detrimental threat to society. Mental wellness must be guarded and managed. It is time to realize the days of neglect, ignorance and fear of mental illness has dawned the possibility to break this cycle whereby hurt people hurt people and free people start t free other people. for none overcomer to another. Rise up! It is time to make so “positive” noise!
Is social media a source of anguish?
YES! Social media has become the rumor mill on steroids. where before social media rumors were spread by phone or one conversation to another. Public platforms are a hotbed of escalation and damaging verbal exchange tao once seen can not be unseen and once the damage emotionally takes place results in unseen wounds. What is evident is tao social media responsible and best practices need to be thought and exercised.
How can we turn a social platform into support?
Use social media for good and positive purposes. Personally, I will soon launch a podcast targeting Gen-Z and Millennials. These are the generations that have grown up with increased violence, self harm and a threat to their very existence. My choice is to impact community one life at a time.
What will you do?