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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 16 2011: Hi Chris,

    My late teens were at times very difficult too. I do think as you point out some underlying trends have made that period even harder on individuals as of late. I know of no silver bullet but if you hang in there better times will likely come. The fact that you come here for answers makes me confident that you are navigating this complex and chaotic world effectively, even though it may not feel like it at the moment. It is through the diversity and depth of your social connections and intellectual pursuits that you will be able to find meaning and pleasure in life. On a slight tangent check out this video by Sir Ken Robinson, I think it may be related to the increase in the rate as you mention: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U

    I think addressing the issues described by Sir Ken Robinson in the above video is part of the solution. I feel the issue is wider then that though, and rooted in culture. I think there is great hope today as the internet is allowing culture to become more reflective and so evolve faster. So fast you can almost feel it now from the right perspectives, but maybe not obviously visible yet in the main stream media. I am always available to discuss things further if you are interested, and I may be able to get you in touch with some of the more progressive movements and organizations via the internet where there is meaningful work and rich discussions ongoing. These activities are by no means limited to the internet, but it is one place to make the initial connections and more and more systems/services are facilitating real-world collaboration spring-boarded via internet meetings. (http://menemania.typepad.com/helene_finidori/2011/05/shared-intent-and-purpose-for-action.html)

    Warm Regards,
    Adam

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