In today’s modern world it is common and normal that almost every teenager has suicidal thoughts, not saying it’s fine, I’m saying it’s normal and that should give us a hint of how messed up the world is right now…
Having thoughts of this nature goes against our human instinct of survival, so even if this is quite normal nowadays, this means we are losing our basic human nature as a global society.
Some interesting facts about suicide and suicidal ideation.
- It has been proved that people who suffer bullying, physical abuse and/or sexual trauma have a higher risk to consider and attempt suicide.
- Lower levels of serotonin in the brain are related to a higher suicide risk and suicidal thoughts.
- The two most common methods are guns and poisoning or overdose, with guns as number one method.
- Every two minutes at least 3 people have committed suicide in all over the world, don’t fill these statistics…
Hopelessness and a sense that things cannot be better or that we cannot do anything solve our current situation is frequently described.
Do you have suicidal thoughts way? or know someone that has them?
All research point to the common factor of a mental illness and behavioral disorder with suicidal ideation such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other mental-health disorders.
Under the shadow of those mental illnesses and depression, the brain is not working as it should, it processes reality towards a defective lens because the thoughts and senses are not trustworthy. No wonder why we shouldn’t consume alcohol or drugs if we have any of this disorder.
Something very important we must consider is that serotonin is involved in mood, anxiety, and impulsivity. When serotonin activity levels are in a regular state the recovery is a lot faster and more complete according to scientists, but if serotonin is found to be lower, there is a higher chance of attempting suicide and having suicidal thoughts.
Did you know that in the U.S. the current 10th leading cause of death is suicide?
If we have to make the calculus we’ll conclude that suicides account worldwide more deaths than war and homicide, that’s disturbing… What is even more disturbing is that the ages of the those who commit suicide are more common at the ages of teens and 20s. The 3rd leading cause of death for people aging 15-24, and the second leading cause of people aging 25-34.
In what kind of world do we live, if the young generation is killing themselves at alarming rates?
There are certain things we can do to prevent the suicide rates going higher (A.K.A. save a friends life or yours):
Seek for God. I don’t want to shove any religion to you, but when you have someone higher than yourself taking care and loving you, there’s not room for any suicidal thought or depression.
Aim for your dreams. Write your personal goals and remember the things you want to accomplish, like learning a new language, traveling to a tropical island, starting a business or as simple as getting a new hobby.
Seek joy. It’s difficult to find it when depressed, but you better get moving doing the things that usually bring you joy as will help you to feel better.
Doing exercise is a great way to instantly boost your mood and energy level. Have discipline on this one and do it for at least 30 min a day even if you don’t feel like it.
Face to face interaction. There’s nothing better like a trustworthy friend to talk about your feelings. If this is impossible or difficult to you then at least do a call to crisis helplines
Write a dairy and stick to it, or even better take note of everything that you’re grateful for every morning and read it again before bed.
Go to the beach or take a peaceful walk in nature every day, it will help you to clear your mind and suppress any suicidal thought.
Make a safety plan. If you don’t feel able to do it alone, then ask a friend to help you out with this one to develop a series of steps to get out a suicidal crisis.
Just remember your not fighting depression alone and…