This thought have been on my mind and heart for quite some time now. It keeps me up researching, praying and writing. I can say a lot of things can contribute to this issue I’m going to discuss but the most important question is: HOW CAN I HELP LORD??!!
Now, I’m not set out to save the whole world, but somehow be a light to few. The issue on my heart is the suicide rates among young adults. According to HealthyPeople 2020, mental health is one of their 12 inatitives; focusing on suicide and major depression amongst adolescents.
Suicide is the 11th, I repeat, the 11th leading cause of death in the United States amid those ages 25-34. In 2015, females (6.0%) had the lowest rate of suicide than males (21.1%). Now this number can be alarming HOWEVER, I know for a fact the numbers are higher. Why? People suffer in silence, that’s why.
The rate of depression and the lack of healthy mindsets is heart breaking and a frustrating thing. I wish I can snap my finger and everyone is healthy again.
As I’m typing this, I’m thinking back on the days when I suffered in silence. When the thought of suicide crossed my mind. The thought of depression consuming me. The thought of no one will care and/or miss me. The thought of my life means nothing.
These are thoughts I had in high school and sometimes even after. I remember this one day distinctively, I was in high school, I stood and stared out the living room window and thought of running in the street in front of car. Then my mom’s face flashed before me. That was the first and last time I ever thought of suicide. Although the thought of suicide was planted, it never took root, it never manifested into anything beyond that first time.
But, there are young adults who follow through with the thought.
So I want you to think of all the young adults in your life and challenge you to reach out to them. Ask them if they are good, ask them if they need to talk, ask them if they are happy! Don’t accept the “I’m okay..I’m fine” responses. Dig deeper than that. Why? Because if you know you dealt with situations in silence and those were the response you gave, then you know something is up. If you know something is bothering them, do something for them to show your appreciation for them.
The next generation needs us. The next generation needs us. The next generation needs us. The next generation needs us.
I wanted that to marinate.
We are faced with some harsh times, and I’m not discrediting the past harsh times, but this time it’s different. We need to help and guide them in any positive shape or form. I am praying that however God sees fit, that I am ready, abled and graced to do just that.
For those who are suffering in silence, please try and get help. Talk to someone who you trust, trying doing healthy activities that bring you joy and excitement. Write, sing, dance. I don’t know your circumstance, but I do know if you get around positive people, and/or a group you will be able to cope.
“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.”—Psalm 35:17
Be Blessed. Find Joy. Journey On.