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shysparrow13 asked:

08 Feb 2010

we don\'t need another Hannah Baker on BG.

ok, you won't get what i just said unless you've read the book 13 reasons why by jay asher but this is a serious issue on BG. i've seen lots of questions posted by girls who've said they've cut and tried to kill themselves. when i see these young girls like myself posting these kind of questions, i am so sad and so mad that this is happening. i know i've felt depressed and ugly, and fat and alone and disgusting almost every day and god, does it make me want to die. but no one should feel like this, not even me, no one should kill themselves and no one should lose hope in themselves. i know, this question thing sounds pretty lame, but i sure as hell don't want to lose anyone to suicide. we need to do something and we need to do it know. comment below on suggestions or comments. Also, if you need to talk just message me and we can talk. :)



anbergeron says:

Posted on 10 Feb 2010

Suicide and depression amongst young adolescents is a pretty new thing. 11-year-olds today in 2009 are dealing with incredibly stressful situations thrust upon them by the society we live in, from family issues like divorce or unemployment to serious personal issues like academic success or budding sexuality. The cause of this is a convergence of factors - changes in phychological theory, marketing tactics and age compression, and the education system. There are incredible social pressures on younger and younger people to wear certain clothes, exude a certain personality, and listen to this or that kind of music. The pressure alone is enough to drive people to seek physical relief in cutting, drugs, and sex at younger ages, but the perception of failure can be much more dramatic (like if you're trying to fit in, but it's not working). What people used to do at 16 or 17 (when they were physically developed, intellectually aware, and could drive, had part-time jobs, etc) is now being done at age 11, 12, 13. . . not just sex and drugs but also experimentation with identity and self-awareness, family issues, financial problems, etc.

I'm not sure how to address this issue. A directed educational campaign about anorexia, depression, cutting, anxiety, stress, and ways to relieve it would be awesome. So would transportation programs outside of the schoolbus for after-school stress relieving activities like martial arts or ceramics, allowing kids who normally wouldn't be able to get home without the schoolbus to participate.

This period in history isn't the wildly optimistic period of the 1970's, where civil rights were expanding, jobs were plentiful and well paid, women were emancipated and the cold war was coming to an end. We live in an incredibly oppressive atmosphere of fear, hate, and uncertainty. We're going through an economic depression, there's been a war on for 8 years, and nuclear weapons are a threat once again. Civil rights are being curtailed, and employment is scarce (and when we find it it's underpaid). And even young people are aware of this.

How do you address it?

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