Suicide takes the greatest of its toll- youth.

Modern world is brimfull with joy, love, passion and happiness. We are all being overwhelmed with peculiar image of life being a constant, unremitting path to success. We are being made believe it will be eternal…
But what happens when the colourful bubble of UNREALITY breaks? What image of us does it leave behind? Have you ever thought what is hiding in the darkest corners of YOUR mind?… Regardless the answer, I want you to meet Peter (name changed) a 7-year old boy whose story is more than heartbreaking.

There are many things in life that can go wrong. Career, health conditions, love life, family and friends issues, and the list goes on and on. These very often cause, what is famously known as a disease of the XXI century, depression. As a society, we never admit these problems should ever lead anyone to suicide. But in reality many of us had these grieving, dark thoughts. And we DO try to reason it! We simply give into it thinking we’ve seen and done just enough to finally give up trying again. But that’s what adolescence is like. Ever seen ‘Friends’? It starts off with this hugely popular song ‘So no one told you life was gonna be this way’ and I believe many (too many) of people my age could say the reality doesn’t really meet their expectations. This is certainly sad and I am devastated to see people giving into this, but if that’s bad then HOW BAD IS…
Childhood

…Let me take you back for a moment to your childhood. Do you remember the sunny days spent with your family, eating ice creams at the beach? Do you recall those evenings when your biggest misery was saying ‘bye’ to your friends and going home? And finally, can your thoughts embrace the feeling of safety, when you were falling asleep in your bed and everything just seemed to be OK? If you can remember all of this, then I’m sure you can admit childhood was the greatest, in its innocence and freedom, part of your lives. But there are those who never experienced it, and one of those is Peter.

We never say that suicide is a way out of problems. We never agree that there are problems big enough that only death can resolve them. But we also never really stand by side of those who decide to end their life paths. There is NEVER enough understanding. Now stop and think. What do you think could be the greatest misery of a 7-year old boy that effectively led him to death? You think he was spoiled and fell into depression because his parents didn’t get him new iPhone? WRONG. Or maybe he didn’t like his new school and had no friends? WRONG AGAIN! The boy was bullied to death. He was bullied at school and in his neighbourhood by his peers and the issue remained unnoticed for a long time. Once it has been discovered, the boy was taken out of school and put into long-term psychological counselling. But it was already too late. The desire to end this misery was born in this young boy much earlier and after some time came into implementation.

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How should we, as a society react upon this? Have we learned our lesson? Who is to BLAME? The children who can be so cruel in their, one could say insignificant words or actions? The family that reminded blind for the issue for too long? Or maybe the psychologist who didn’t manage to help Peter? Regardless the answer, we’ll never judge Peter for his deed. The unbearable thought of someone failing to save this young life will remain. We often tend to categorise our problem, stick labels on them. ‘I can deal with this’ problems, ‘I need someone else to help me’ issues and ‘This has already gone too far’ life disasters. But somehow we never realise the youngest ones DO have problems too! And their inability to resolve them the way we do it can lead to a tragedy. Hardly ever do we take their words seriously, and even less do we know about the actions they can take upon these words. Words can’t describe how disappointing it is to look at our ‘developed’ society and see it fail in the most sensitive area of protecting others’ lives. And it seems that it is not the problem itself that becomes a disaster, but it is the attitude and the approach to it that makes the difference.

So..you think YOU have problems? THINK AGAIN

~Aneta

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