Depression has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially thanks to the widespread use of social media and desensitization to the term “depressed” as well as the concept of suicide becoming a joke among Gen Z.
Phrases like “I’m going to kill myself if I don’t get an A in this class,” or “I’m so tired of this life that I might as well commit,” or the typical “kms” so often sent through text are used more than this generation even seems to realize.
Things like this take away the importance of being aware of actual mental issues among teenagers. But despite the heavy notion of suicide becoming diminished, suicide rates among 15- to 24-year-olds have been increasing steadily since 2007 becoming the second leading cause of death in this age group, with around 8.6 percent of high schoolers in 2015 reported having attempted suicide, according to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.
This problem with teenagers nowadays becoming numb to things as serious as suicides is often shown, like most things, through social media. For example, in the recent case of the famous artist CupcakKe, who tweeted that she was going to kill herself on January 7th. Many people didn’t take it seriously, even though she has been hinting since August 15, 2018 (or possibly even before that) that she was going through a “very low and depressed point in her life.”
Some people even commented under the tweet to “just do it lol” or “same,” not noticing that she was actually being serious.
And it wasn’t until later on January 8th that she admitted that she has been fighting with depression for a long time, having even gone to a mental hospital to get the help she needed. It was only then that people realized this was a serious issue for her and that it should be considered as such.
Suicide is not relatable, nor is it a topic to be made fun of; it is a serious problem that accounts for around 18 percent of deaths among our youth every year, according to Very Well Health, and that seems to be increasing.
But it still seems like social media and the desensitization of suicide is further fueling a generation that is already depressed as it is, and at this rate, it seems like they are not planning to stop any time soon.