In today’s society, teens are more depressed and anxious as ever. Because this phenomenon is so widespread, it becomes easy for teens to dismiss it.
Making jokes about the way we feel is a coping mechanism. Constantly bagging on ourselves and making jokes about how we ‘just want to die haha’ are ways for us to handle the overwhelming emotions we’re going through.
Still, this does not mean these issues aren’t serious. In fact, it might point to the complete opposite.
We have become so used to using self-depreciating jokes as a way to cope and we’re so used to watching our friends use them that we can’t tell the difference between who actually needs help and who doesn’t.
In addition, its become commonplace for us to tell our friends to ‘kill themselves’ jokingly. As if suicide is a way to solve all problems, big and small. As if suicide is a joking matter and is never a permanent ending.
The internet is crawling with edgy poems about heartbreak and anxiety and being depressed. They paint a picture of a beautiful girl crying in the dark. Later on, a boy comes into her life and ‘saves her’ and all of a sudden her depression is nonexistent. That is not real life.
Our generation glorifies and romanticizes and dismisses suicide because we’ve been told it’s not as serious as we make it seem. We make jokes and taunt each other without considering what might be going on in the background.
The glorification of suicide is a major problem in our generation that nobody seems to be able to face head-on. Too many of us look at it as a joke, as something to joke around with. Meanwhile, suicide rates are rising and our peers are screaming for help in the form of sarcasm and somebody needs to take notice.