Dr. Petra Steinbuchel is a psychologist dealing with patients suffering from different psychological disorders like depression, stress, peer pressure, and sadness. She knows the feelings of a 12-year old kid having suicidal thoughts and reasons behind such thoughts.

In this world of social media where everyone is portraying a perfect life, teens wonder if they will ever find a way to be successful and get rid of loneliness. According to psychologists, majority of suicidal thoughts occur among teens belonging to poor families or their parents are not in good terms. Another factor is cyber-bullying which can be linked to their cellular devices. Cellphone is their biggest enemy as they are sucked in the whirlpool of competition, jealousy. Steinbuchel thinks that it is not the experiences that compel a person to do suicide instead it is a mixture of mental illness and social isolation.

Stats released by National Center for Health Statistics, shows a clear increase in the suicide rate among men and women under the age of 75. The sharp rise is not among middle-aged population rather the sharp rise is noticed in children between the age of 10 and 14 years.

“Hopefully it does raises awareness that [suicidal idealization] happens at these ages.”

Cutting says – “We know that completed suicides are but the tip of the iceberg.” It is likely that the awareness may help decrease the level. The society might say that these children are too young but they are never too young to feel.

The stats however showed that there is an increase in the suicide rate of young girls probably because of the challenges both emotional and physical, which they face in early years of puberty. There is a lot to deal with – with changes in body structure and emotions of young girls.
Rachel Simmons, author of three books on girlhood and cofounder of Girls Leadership, says that girls need approval of how they look and the competition on social media makes them develop vulnerabilities and they have a tendency to commit suicide out of the fear of not being enough.

“There’s so much emphasis on other kids having the perfectly fabulous life. It can create feelings of isolation and hopelessness.” Steinbuchel says

In this society, there is a lot of stress in kids to fit in the society while the kids that stand out are ostracized and treated as aliens. There is a dire need of giving our young children a comfortable environment and a world where they feel like they can be themselves without the fear of being judged. This is the only way we can bring down the number of suicides.


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