Depression Kills Off the Nation

Depression Kills Off the Nation

Suicide is not a joke-- start taking it seriously

Your life may be amazing. It may be everything you hoped for with everything out on a silver platter for you, but this doesn't apply to everyone.

Depression is a major problem in America. 1 in 6 teenagers make plans for suicide while 1 in 12 actually follow through on those plans. So in a classroom of about 30 kids, 5 of those kids planned never to see another day. Would you notice if they didn't?

Even after teenage years, suicide is a widely used solution for depression. As the third leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year olds, suicide is a prominent option on many minds.

However, suicide is not a solution. Time is a solution. Find the strength to wait out the bad feelings because I promise, as cliché as it sounds, those feelings will go away one day. Time heals.

For those who have never thought of suicide, take a look around. You see that quiet boy in the back of the class? He has cuts all down his wrists. You see the loud girl making sure everyone sees her? She's doing that to hide her insecurity from her childhood bully.

You saying a comment may seem insignificant to you but it could make a life or death difference to another person. All those comments add up, day by day. Start considering others besides yourself.

For the person who is depressed, take a deep breath. It's okay to cry and it's okay to want to scream. Go in the middle of nowhere and just yell to your heart's content. You need to get these emotions off your chest.

Think about the people around you. The girl that asks you for a pencil every day in math would have nothing to write with. The parent that sees you walk your brother home every day from school would see him walking alone. You parents, who went through hell to raise you, would completely break. Nothing can fix losing a child.

You are not alone. No matter how alone you feel, you are never alone.

Find a hobby to distract yourself. You may be a spectacular artist. Pick up an instrument-- that could be your new love. Find something that makes you happy, with no worries invading. That is your constant.

If you are depressed you can call 1-800-273-8255. They will help you in whatever way you need.

If you know someone suicidal, you can learn more at

Stay safe. Every life matters.

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1. They don't.

Susan in your anti-vax group is not a scholarly source (despite her hours and hours of Google research).

2. But in case you still believe Susan...

Maybe you'll believe Autism Speaks who says, "Scientists have conducted extensive research over the last two decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research is clear: Vaccines do not cause autism."

3. And if Autism Speaks still didn't convince you...

Feel free to take a look at this comprehensive list of studies that all say that there is no relationship between vaccines such as the MMR vaccination and the development of autism.

4. But here's what you should know...

There have been a few studies lately that have shown that autism develops in utero aka before a baby is even born AND before a baby can even receive vaccinations.

Vaccinations have prevented COUNTLESS deaths and illnesses. Vaccination rates are continuing to fall and do you know what that means? Measles will make its way back. Whooping cough will come back. Rubella, mumps, and polio will come back and there will be no way to stop it.

So, now that you know that vaccines do not cause autism, you're welcome to go tell Susan from your anti-vax group that as well as tell her that the Earth isn't flat. But, don't forget to mention it to her that her essential oils and organic foods are not keeping her children safe from the measles or tuberculosis.

Vaccinate your children. And, besides, even IF vaccinations caused autism, wouldn't you rather have a child with a developmental disorder rather than a child who died from the measles?

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If You Want To Die Tonight, Please Read This

I want you to live. More importantly, I want you to want to live.


If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255





The thoughts are deafening, screaming at you that the world would be better off without you and that no one would care if you were gone.

So, you find yourself on the Internet, searching for ways to die in a relatively painless way that will leave the least amount of mess for others. You find yourself thinking about the bridge a half mile from your house or the assortment of pills lining the walls of your medicine cabinet. You remember that your roommates will not be home from class for a few hours; that you are totally alone.

And then, in your Internet search for ways to finally escape the pain, you happen upon this article.

Yes, this one right here.

This one telling you to stay.

And, well, you find yourself still reading along because a piece of you, even if it is the smallest piece of your existence, wants a reason to live.

* * *

I am not sure what is causing you pain, and maybe you honestly are not sure either. All you know is that you have this pain — this never-ending pain — and it's become enough.

Society tells us that we need to tattoo a smile onto our faces and pretend that everything is OK even when we are aching on the inside. If you take one thing away from this article, I want you to remember this — it is OK not to be OK. It is OK if you are not OK today or tomorrow or next week or a year from now. However, one day, it will be a little better and there will be a little bit of sunshine peeking out through the clouds.

I want you to live. More importantly, I want you to want to live.

And, sometimes, wanting to live is about just noticing the little things that make you happy and remembering them.

Like the way the sun looks glistening off of the lake by your house at 5:47 p.m. on a Thursday evening.

Or the way the scent of your coffee creeps up your nostrils while it cools to a drinkable temperature.

Or the fact that a new episode of your family's favorite show is coming on this Thursday.

Or the way your Lush bath bomb colors your water into beautiful shades of blue and green and yellow and pink.

Or the dinner your Mom cooked for tonight to share with you, your Dad, and your sister.

* * *

Life may not turn out how you plan, but perhaps that is not a bad thing.

God has a plan for you.

Why the plan involves you feeling this way, I do not know, but I do know that God did not bring you into this world to suffer.

You deserve help.

You deserve love.

You deserve to be supported.

Even if you feel alone, I promise you are never alone.

You can text "Hello" to 741-741 at any hour of the day and someone will be there to support you.

* * *

So, tonight while you want to die, please just think about the last time you smiled so hard that your face physically hurt or laughed until you almost peed. Just think about a time that you felt something besides what you are feeling now and hold onto it.

Hold onto it, lie down, and go to sleep.

And wake up tomorrow knowing that you are a survivor.

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