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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: Hi Chris,

    Okay... When I was about 13 I first developed depression. At the age of 15, I came home from school to an empty house, went to my room and put a knife to my wrist. I had every intention of killing myself and probably would have, except for some small part of me that was left to resist.

    This is the first time I have ever admitted this.

    The problem with depression is that the source of it is different for every person. I was never 'bullied'. I've seen people get bullied before; I had things pretty good in high school. I wasn't snapping under pressure; I graduated in the top 10% of my class. For me it was simply my outlook on life. I used to look at the state of the world and think "There's no hope here. There's nothing I can do to make things better. What's the point?" Based on everyone else's comments on their own experiences, I may simply be a minority, but I don't know if there is any one definitive cause for teen depression. If you want to help prevent suicide though, the simplest way that you can is to stay aware of the people around you. You know the signs, you have been there yourself. Not only that, but let the world know that you have been there. JD Schramm talks about breaking the silence for suicide survivors here: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng
    /jd_schramm.html

    Maybe if we give the youth a source who has dealt with what they are going through, some of them will come and ask for help.
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      Oct 14 2011: Hi John, You say "You know the signs, you have been there yourself." For those of us that have not been there, what are the signs?? What I see in your story is that in your case there were no signs, and later you said it was you outlook on life.
      I don't know if you read my other posts here but I firmly believe we are our mind, NOT our brain. Our brain is no more a tool than our heart is, it is a receiver. The danger in believing that the thoughts that pop into our mind are ours and is us, is that we identify ourselves with negative thoughts built on them, embrace them and all that can easily lead to suicide.
      When someone around us gives us his/her opinion about us we regard that opinion as valuable or trash depending how we see that person.
      We can go into a shop and get the food we know is good for us and leave the stuff that is not.
      We should recognize we have that same freedom with thoughts that come into us and brush them off or embrace them.
      If we can grow up with that tool or attitude, I think we'd be much better prepared for life. And this is only the tip of the mountain of life :)

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