Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Welsh Tragedy

If you live in the UK you will be aware of the current situation in Wales, which is grabbing the headlines where twenty-one young people have died of suspected suicide in the last year. The people of Britain and the police have been left scratching their heads to what the reason could be for so many young people taking their lives.

One suicide a year is unacceptable so to lose twenty-one young lives is a tragedy. Now the Police may be doing their bit but to work out why these tragedies occurred but it is up to the people of the UK to do more to make sure their deaths were not in vain.

Teenagers need more support than they are getting. During your teenage years you are asked to deal with emotions and experiences, which you aren’t ready to deal with, and it can be one of the most frightening and scary times of your entire life. During this period you build your emotional strength, character and identity which will stay with you for the rest of your life. More needs to be done to help young people during this important time of their life as without the support they may not be able to make the most of their potential and end up being a problem for society or causing us tax payers money in their adult life.

If you are a young person and you are having problems dealing with life the thing to remember is that you are not on your own, many other young people will be feeling the same as you but suicide is not the answer. If you are depressed or having problems dealing with life talk to someone about it don’t deal with it by yourself. You are a much stronger person for talking about your problems than keeping them bottled up inside.

Many people are blaming the media coverage and social networking websites for this crazy number of suspected suicides. Yes the media and social networking websites need to be monitored and need to think about messages they are sending out but parents, friends, carer, teachers etc. need to play a more active role in the lives of young people. Adults like parents and carers need to talk to young people about issues affecting them or websites they may visit as well as noting any attitude changes or changes in character. Every young person is important and individual and we need to start treating them as such. Every young person is at risk and we all need to look out for each other.

Our thoughts here at Talented Young people go out to all of those who have been affected by these tragedies and we are saddened by the loss of twenty-one young people who could have helped changed this world for the better and achieved many great things.

Adam Sibley
Founder of the Talented Young People organisation
"Envisage it, Believe it, Achieve it!"

1 comment:

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