Children are suffering with depression more than ever. Why is that? I’m not a doctor and have no degree in psychology, but I am observant.
Some of these issues stem from genetics and other unavoidable circumstances, but I can’t say that the same holds true for everyone. Take for instance, the child whose parent suffers with suicidal thoughts. Why does the child in turn, struggle with the same? Could it be that they have learned from example?
Or, the child whose guardian constantly speaks of the child’s bad behavior, in front of them. Could it be that the child is simply behaving the way that they are said and believed to behave?
When fathers abuse their children, what so often happens? Their children become abusers as well. When a mother is a drug addict, what often happens to her children? They become addicts too.
Lately, there have been numerous children who have spoken to me about their depression and suicidal thoughts, and attempts. These are young kids, as young as 9 years old.
Why did that little 12 year nearly hang herself? Why did that 9 year old boy tell a me, a stranger, “My life is summed up by one word, sad. I’m sad.”
Why did that 13 year old girl have cut marks half way up her arm? Why did that same girl attempt suicide only months ago?
Why did that 15 year old try to overdose on prescription medication, thinking that no one loved him? Why did the 22 year just succeed at her attempt?
Something terrible is going on in this world, and people want to turn a blind eye to it. They want to remove their children from places where they feel safe. They shield them from getting the help they need, and from the people that want to help them.
Some parents even make their children’s problems worse by feeding their depression with statements like, “It’s genetic. You’ll probably suffer with it your whole life, just like I did. Unfortunately, this is just who you are. Sorry kiddo, that’s life.” These aren’t made up. I’ve heard these statements.
Neither a blind eye, or ignorance is going to save these children’s lives. Something needs to change, and it needs to change now.
We need to lift our kids up, not push them down. We need to show them that there is more to this life, not that it’s hopeless. We need to show them our love, and give them our time.
We need to set a good example for them. Show them that life doesn’t have to be miserable. Show them that it’s okay to be happy and that they can be. Show them that life is worth living.
We need to show them.
We need to be parents.