Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Sad Truth

I ran across an article on suicide rates for college students this morning in the LA Times. It is extremely sad, and extremely unfortunate that suicide is becoming more and more common in today's society. It seems as though more and more people are deciding to take their own life when faced with the choice of living another day and ending their misery. I pray that someone can walk into these individuals lives and touch them and show them that there is something to live for. Even the smallest effort may be able to help. You may never know that something you say or a smile to someone you don't know may save their life, but why not try. Why not start today? Say 'hello' to people you pass on the street, give a helping hand to someone carrying their groceries, show a stranger a brief smile... It may seem like a little and insignificant gesture, but it may help (and even if it doesn't, wouldn't you rather try and not succeed than not give it a shot).

Here is a small portion of the article, check out the rest if you get a chance:

"The increase in mental health problems at UC is part of a national trend arising from the growing stress of university life and the growing number of students who arrive at college already under treatment for mental illness, university psychologists and officials say.
Advances in drug treatment mean that many students with psychological disorders who could not have coped with campus life a generation ago now go on to college.",0,6779102,full.story?coll=la-home-local

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