You know, from 13 Reasons Why coming out and now these celebrities, who seem to have everything, committing suicide... this all seems to get tied together.
I see a lot of people blaming 13 Reasons Why for more teen suicide... (which I think is the equivalent of blaming Marilyn Manson for school shootings) but lets take a step back.
Since 1999 suicide, in almost every age category, has steadily grown 30%. That study recently came out. It's the 10th leading cause of death in our country from the looks of it. From what it looks like, the past 20 years we, supposedly, have had major gains in suicide prevention, mental illness understanding, treatment, medication, whatever you want to call...
So why would the rate go up? What is our society doing wrong?
Is it the stigma?
I'm unsure this has as big of a factor as it seems. Especially in this day and age of internet, if anything, more people are talking about mental illness. But are the right people talking about it. It seems the ones speaking up aren't the ones that should be speaking up... because those people are already dead. There's a big misunderstanding we're missing clearly.
Is it pressure in general and our inability to handle it?
Life is hard. Some people deal with it better than others. This would be the simplistic answer.
Is it a support system?
I'd like to believe this holds a big factor. Most people who have suicidal thoughts will tend to believe that there's no way anyone could understand what they're feeling and that there isn't anyone to talk to about this. If you truly and honestly feel alone, then why would you reach out in the first place? At least in America, we are very individualist here... so why would someone think there is a community of people truly willing to help them in a tough time. Maybe. Though Japan and South Korea have insane suicide rates and they are, supposedly, community-esque cultures.
Is it the media?
We have perhaps more graphic depictions of suicide and depression than we've had in years prior, 13 Reasons Why is a good example of this, but... we need to think about why people gravitate towards shows like this instead of blaming the show for depicting something uncomfortable and/or graphic.
Mental illness is, obviously, the biggest factor. You don't think that death is even an answer when you're of a healthy mindset. It's depressing to think of people who have lived life to the absolute fullest and strived to be the very best they can be... to end up killing themselves. From Robin Williams to Chester Bennington, to now Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.... this is sad. It's truly sad.
Depression is an evil virus. And we still can't find the cure.
As humans what are we suppose to do? What's the next step to take?
This was a bit of a ramble, but I'm interested in other people's perspective.