TeacherTalk: Suicidal youth

WARNING: this post may be triggering for some people!

Hello all! I hope you are all well.

This post has been in my draft since October 2016. That is almost 18 months ago. 18 months! Unbelievable.

What’s more unbelievable is that this still stands: so many too many young people/ teenagers today are suicidal or deal with suicidal thoughts on a daily basis. It ought not to be so.

As a secondary school teacher, sometimes I don’t know how to feel when I have my own students saying or writing in their book that they want to die or that they had tried to kill themselves before. I really try to be encouraging and positive but I have so many questions:

  • why?

Why are young people thinking about death like that? It always reminds me of a song rap from a French group called Sexion d’Assaut. The song is called “Problèmes d’adultes” which is about children that are dealing with adults’ problems and issues.

Why are kids being depressed or having depression?

  • what can be done?

Like, what’s the solution? What can really be done to help or support these kids that see everything in black and darker black?

  • when does this start?

Obviously, they start at different age but what is the trigger? As a society, are we failing the kids? Also, when does it stop? Since not all of them actually act on their thoughts, can we say that it is a phase? Should we feel bad if we take it as a phase?

  • is this a generational thing?

I can’t remember my classmates having such dark thoughts or at least not that many of them. It could be due to the fact that I was only a student or oblivious to all this but do you think that it could be a generational thing? Does it come as waves?

It’s always hard to help someone who does not want to be helped like it is the case with most depressed/ mentally unhealthy  teens and YA.

Let’s have a conversation.

More blessings and empowerment 👸🏾👑


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