October is Singapore's Breast Cancer awareness month, and US anti-bullying awareness month. But most importantly, it is the month that World Mental Health day falls in.
I didn't know much about mental health at a very young age. The first time I understood was when an actor commited suicide, and that's only because he is my chinese teacher's idol.
Following that came many news and features about depression. That was also when self-hurt was a fad among youths.
I remember a junior who came to tell me that her clique started having get-togethers to slit their wrists with a penknife.
She was really scared, but I didn't know that was something I should tell a teacher or any authority. All I could think of was to tell her to leave them, or not join them for those sessions. Looking back, I'm glad my ignorance hadn't cause her to lose her life.
I remember writing in one of my older blogs, that if you get a thrill from seeing your blood, you may just as well go for blood donation drive. That may be a little questionable morally, but it was my way of stopping my friends to not do anything silly.
The case of Amanda Todd's suicide from bullying went viral lately.
She commited suicide on World Mental Health Day. She had uploaded a video of her story via cue cards presentation onto YouTube. It went viral following her death.
She showed a stranger her boobs, the photos went public, she did drugs, telling about all the struggles in her life.
The video made me wonder - was there no one, absolutely no one, who could help her?
Mental health is indeed a grey area. So often we would face setbacks, failures, disappointments or hit rock bottom. But many people don't have the ability or courage to get out of it, and fight against the currents to prove their self-worth.
Seeing how youths use Facebook, it's like seeing accidents waiting to happen.
Those trolling social media platforms leaving hurtful comments could very well be the triggers of suicides. But those teens don't know, because they don't see the significance and impact of the smallest comments they make.
Maybe some people piss you off for being emo on social media platform. But there's no need for you to add salt to their wounds, because you can never be sure what reaction your hate or sarcasm may trigger.
That's his wound that he's opening up to you, and you may choose to show him some TLC, you may choose not to give a damn, but whatever you do, don't make it hurt even more for him. You would NEVER be able to pay the price of your rashness.
Compared to academic achievements, I would rather youths learn how to emphatize with others, learning to love and care.
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