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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 too was bullied as a child. I have suffered from depression for years. It is as they say "in remission". Over the years I have learned many tools which work for me personally. The two most important for me are being aware of my thoughts and meditation. The meditation helps to change my thoughts when I find myself dwelling on the negative.

    When I was first diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorder, the advice from all sides was "Change your mind. Change your thoughts." What no one could tell me, was how to do that. I did medications which in my case were unfortunately not effective. I did therapy, group therapy, guided visualization, meditation workshops etc. Taking a bit from here and there, I was able to build up a toolbox. I still add to it when I find something new.

    Having read through all the responses below, I would like to address a couple of points. Spirituality is it's own reward, but not everyone sees it as a life defining purpose. A part of my personal recovery has involved understanding that for me, life is it's own purpose. The purpose of my life is to be lived. Part of that is taking and accepting responsibility for it. I cannot control what life brings to me, only how I choose to respond to it.

    The other quick note relates to those who questioned the prevalence of violence in TV, movies and video games. The simple fact is, when I was a youth, there were no video games, and violence on TV was decidedly more tame than it it is now. I was bullied. Not because society was more violent, but because I was different. People don't bully because of TV or games. They bully because they choose to.

    The key to my ongoing recovery is internalizing the knowledge that what happened to me as a child wasn't my fault. I didn't "deserve" what happened to me, but for years, my sense of self-worth was based on the idea that it was my fault for being different. Realizing it was their choice not mine is what saved me.

    Just my take on it.

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