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What can we do about the constant rise of depression and suicide in young adults?

I am seventeen years of age and have recently come out of a large stage of my life where I dealt with a lot of depression. I have dealt with and still deal with people in high school (and even middle school in some cases) that deal with depression every single day and never have anyone that they talk to about their problems.

I have known people that have committed suicide from the weight of depression upon their shoulders throughout their lives, and have heard about these cases all over the world. I, myself, have been driven to the point where I thought that the only way out of my depression was by suicide because there was nothing to help me.

I want to know your opinions and ideas on the subject of depression and suicide in young adults today and what we can do to prevent these problems in the future. Thanks for listening!

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  • Oct 10 2011: Oh wait, I found the cure for it.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc4HGQHgeFE
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      Oct 10 2011: WOW...thanks for sharing that link!
      What a beautiful person....loving spirit, important and valuable message to all of us:>)
      • Oct 11 2011: No problem, enjoy. I almost had a chance to see him live (he is a motivational speaker now) unfortunatly I already moved away from collage when he came....sob sob.
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          Oct 11 2011: When I feel challenged in my own life, I look at something like this, and it always minimizes my own challenges. Part of my practice, is to be aware that there are many people facing far greater challenges than mine. I often do volunteer work, which is an effort to help others, and at the same time help myself to realize that my life is really blessed.

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