South Africa has one of the highest youth suicide rates (eighth in the world according to the world health organisation) in the world and the great debaters have debated the causes and all the clinical manifestations of suicidal people. There is a lot that can be done to reduce or eradicate suicidal cases, but is enough being done? are there support groups for the unemployed and depressed youth as we know that unemployment among the youth in this country is very high. Before we can talk of psychologists and shrinks, It does not require a scientist to know that the causes of depression among the youth are unemployment, overactive lifestyles, lack of social activity and social exclusion. Before it can even reach the point of psychological intervention there is a lot that can be done prior to depression because the signs are there, everyone has people close to them that are not in a happy space and it’s everyone’s responsibility to reach out to them before it reaches the stage where they going to need a psychological help.
We should bear in mind that mellinnials do things a lot different from the old generation and it is hard for the parents to keep up and understand if their kids are being troubled or going through stressful situations. For most of them the thought of being an adult and taking care of their own future becomes too much to bear and they see suicide as a solution to their fear of growing up. Another factor has to do with parents’ high demands and putting too much pressure on their kids to perform be it at school or other social activities.
An engaging and caring parent will figure out eventually if his/her kid is going through some social difficulties and take appropriate measures to help them before it becomes too late. Parents should understand that it is very hard for teenagers and adolescent to come to terms with the overwhelming changes in their early lives and it is for this fact that parents should be as understanding as possible and be readily available to offer guidance. It used to be the Northern Cape in South Africa that had the highest rate of suicide among teenagers but the problem has extended to other provinces and it has become a national dilemma.
If you know of anyone close to you that has depression signs,leave a reply in the comment section below and lets share ideas and help one another fight this dilemma.We do not always need psychological help,but sharing as the youth is another way of helping one another.
Article by Mashilo Mothemane
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