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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 14 2011: I think that it is great to explore this topic.

    I feel emphathetic about how difficult young adults might feel to wisely go through a life stage as our society is becoming more confusing with many principles, moral codes, religions, physical interactions, etc. It seems that there are too many choices with too little guidance for the youth to take in every direction.

    I hope that my two cents with a personal experience will stop someone to rethink about the concept of depression and suicide. I had depression starting when I was eight years old and all the way upto my adult age due to significantly negative events in my early life. I didn't know it was depression because the environment I had was not designed for me to realize it was. Yet, to suicide was always in my mind.

    It was a long journey to go through that tunnel. I held on to my life betting myself that to sustain my life until I heal myself. After that, "if the suicide is the same decision I want to make, it would not be late to do so." On the way, I saw many many people who had much tougher events happened in their lives yet harvesting meaningful lives nonetheless. What I learend was that the causes of my suffering and depression were almost trivial when I let go of my "self" a bit to look at the bigger world. I also learned that even if there is no purpose in my life, if I can win against my own will, I am strong enough tackle the world. I learned how to respect "life" with dignity. After that, I felt as if each day of my lilfe was "gift" had my life not been on this earth.

    Of course depression doesn't necessarily come from hard events and times, but I believe that people who have depression can benefit from examining one's perception to check whether that is healthy. If one defeats the suicidal thought, that is a beginning of life. There are so many things one can be grateful just by being alive. Keep that opportunity to feel, know, and appreciate that experience itself for you. You are precious.

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