Youth Suicide: An Unnecessary Statistic

And why our healthcare system isn’t helping

In a Category 5 Hurricane: Catastrophic Damage May Occur

The warning signs are all we have to know when someone is teetering on the edge of life and death. There are no physical injuries or bleeding, or howls of pain to signal an emergency — the pain is beneath the skin, the screams are behind the eyes.

The Dangers of Misdiagnoses and Malpractice

We are losing a generation of young people to suicide, and instead of discovering the true root of the problem, we often accept the first diagnoses.

“The doctor is the modern master … the knower of all the secret ways and words of potency.” — Joseph Campbell

We are taught throughout our lives to put our trust in doctors, as we might put our trust in a parent. But according to a recent study by Johns Hopkins, health-care negligence and medical errors are now the third-leading cause of death in the United States — claiming 251,000 lives every year, after heart disease and cancer.

Hope Theory, CBT and a More Holistic Approach

“A positive motivational state that is based on an interactively derived sense of successful (a) agency (goal-directed energy) and (b) pathways (planning to meet goals).”

Snyder goes on to explain that high hope individuals do not react in the same way to barriers as low hope individuals, instead they view barriers as challenges to overcome.

  1. Goals that are valuable and uncertain are described by Snyder as the anchors of hope theory, as they provide direction and an endpoint for hopeful thinking.
  2. Pathway thoughts refer to the routes we take to achieve our desired goals and the individual’s perceived ability to produce these routes.
  3. Agency thoughts refer to the motivation we have to undertake the routes towards our goals.
  4. Barriers block the attainment of our goals and in the event of a barrier we can either give up or we can use our pathway thoughts to create new routes.

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

I discovered later that it was a quote from French philosopher and priest, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. It reminded me of the importance of ‘faith,’ to believe in something … be that religion, science or our own merits.

“There is nothing like a dream to create the future.”
― Victor Hugo

One of Grace’s biggest problems was that she felt her dreams were unattainable. Her negative self critic was so deeply ingrained and had gone unchallenged, until eventually she was trapped in a head of impossibilities.

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.”

She was a sensitive and fragile, beautiful girl who encompassed a whole spectrum of colors. But in the end, Grace broke her promise, not just to me but to everyone who loved her. In the end it was her choice, and instead of sleeping on it or phoning someone, she took a rope and hung herself in her garage.

“Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”

When a person takes their life, they don’t get a second chance to wind it back. They don’t get to apologize, course correct or try something different, return to study, go somewhere new and start again. They also don’t get to forgive themselves or others, seek compensation and justice, or cultivate love and courage and find a path towards healing and embrace life.



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Jakob Ryce

Writer and wayfarer of a digital age. I write articles concerning writing, self, society and well-being. @JakobRyce | |