Depression is up 33% in the US, but the linked article then states that it’s a good thing. Whoa! A good thing? I had to read it. Well, a good thing comes from the claim that it is merely because of the fact that more people are seeking treatment. Okay, I see it. The problem has always been there, and finally people are speaking up and getting help. That is good.
But as much as that can make me feel better, I then looked at the article in Washington Post, Suicide Rates Rise Sharply, and found an undeniable increase in the rates of suicide in our children. So I have to call bull. Bull to the fact that anyone thinks this problem isn’t a growing issue, and bull to the fact that it is not recognizing the fact that our generation of children want to kill themselves more than any other generation in the past. Why are children so anxious and sad that they want to hurt themselves? And what can we do as parents, grandparents, and friends to help children or people of any age through their darkness?
My blog may be written more with children in mind, but no one wants suicide to touch their lives whether it is an adult or child. The above article not only shows an undeniable rise in suicide in the United States, it shows that the rise in depression is not just due to how many people are getting treated for depression. Interesting note, men commit suicide more often than woman, but the rates in depression among men are typically less than with women. This may possibly be due to the fact that it appears they have a harder time admitting they are struggling. Suicide rates in women are growing faster than the rates of men though and even though men commit suicide more often, women attempt it more often. We will not help create a generation of mentally healthy children if the adults in our generation are battling the darkness as well.
The first point I want to make is that we need to reach out! Do not sit in a dark corner silent because if you get brave and talk, you’re going to realize that right beside you in that dark corner, there are many other voices needing to speak out as well. They are sitting right next to you; in your car, in your office, at the park. You are not alone! But with children, we have a little added dilemma to throw in the mix. Even though it is effecting you and your family, it is not your right to discuss the problem with everyone because it can add to your child’s anxiety and depression. How to handle that? I have also mentioned in my previous blog post, that I have had personal experience with the issue. What did I do? I spoke to friends and people I felt I could trust. I have to admit, I am a trusting soul and therefore I trusted many mothers, especially if the conversation led us there in some way. And, I kid you not, almost every time I spoke, the person had their own stories of anxiety, depression, cutting, and even sometimes suicide attempts. It’s an epidemic. As for my blog post, I had it pre-approved by my loved one.
This is the first of several blogs that will attempt to walk through this journey of depression and anxiety. I know that when my loved one was suffering, I was devastated. I would have done anything to help and yet I felt helpless. In the weeks to follow, I want to look more into the causes, treatment, and difficulties of battling this illness. I’m not sure when I will ever feel that the problem has gone away completely because I’m not sure it ever will, but when the next storm approaches, I want to be more ready to be a life preserver in their troubled waters.