In a world where social media keeps us connected online 24 hours a day, why are there so many teenagers feeling more disconnected than ever? Suicide in adolescence is the leading cause of death in Australia, second only to motor vehicle accidents. Why are our adolescence feeling so helpless, so desperate that suicide is the best option?
Social media is great but it is not real. If you analyse all your Facebook friends, your Twitter followers or your Instagram likers, most do not actually know the real you. They do not know how you are feeling about your life. They do not know how your anxiety is taking over all aspects of your life. They do not understand how you wake up some mornings and panic about the day ahead. All they see are the smiles in your snapchat pictures. Or the awesome locations you are checking into. Or the confident selfies posted. Most of it is not real.
People are real. Spending time with people who truly care about you, about how you are feeling and how you are coping with life, is what is real. Asking someone ‘R U OK?’ is the beginning of getting a real connection. Words are powerful but real strength is being able to really listen to someone who is desperately searching for something real.
Conversations are real. Texting someone
If you or your friend needs help and you don’t know where to turn, here are just a few waiting to hear from you.