We see it almost everywhere in social media, posts that have comments like “Why am I so stupid?”, “I’m a failure”, “Why is my life such a mess?”, etc. At first glance, adolescents will regard all these remarks as jokes and think that these comments are derived from humorous intentions. Of course, while these comments can definitely be of humorous intention, there are many of these individuals who, in reality, are crying out for help through a phone screen.
Studies have shown that teens struggling with mental health issues are more inclined to deprecate themselves and possess feelings of inferiority to other individuals. This self-degradation only worsens and exacerbates the mental health issues that the individuals have.
The current suicide rate in teens is 9.3%, according to the Los Angeles Times. The teen suicide rate is directly correlated to n what we think of ourselves. Constant humiliation is likely to lead to depression and suicidal thoughts. Joshua Kim, a student at Larchmont Charter, says that while self-deprecation on social media may be comical at times, there are boundaries and points at which people do not think it is a joke anymore.
In order to improve one’s mental stability, it is crucial to develop a strong sense of self. A person without a strong sense of who they are will begin to believe the lies that they tell themselves. On the contrary, students who know their passions and dreams, abilities and inabilities, personality and temperament, will reach a level of contentment at which they are able to poke fun of themselves without altering their identity or their vital thoughts about their identity.
If you are struggling with depression or mental health issues, reach out. Don’t be afraid and do not be discouraged. There are people out there who do care about you, so don’t be self-deprecating to gain attention.
Teen Line is an establishment where teens talk to teens about their clinical depression and how to solve it. If you are struggling with mental health issues, don’t be ashamed of it. Reach out.
Timothy Lee, Grade 11
Larchmont Charter High School