So how goes the self esteem movement?
A new report shows that, for the first time, suicide rates for U.S. middle school students have surpassed the rate of death by car crashes.This is a sign of a very sick society.
The suicide rate among youngsters ages 10 to 14 has been steadily rising, and doubled in the U.S. from 2007 to 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014, 425 young people 10 to 14 years of age died by suicide.
We've been reporting about the role that schools and school staff play in addressing students' mental health.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
"Kids spend a lot of time at school ... it's where they live their lives," says David Jobes, who heads the Suicide Prevention Lab at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. "Suicide prevention has been focused on schools for a long time because it's a place where kids are and where a lot of problems can manifest."
Is this really where we should be focused? Schools? Institutions? We're completely destroying the family as a culture and yet the problem is the schools? No.
We tell young people they're awesome. We tell young people that society is awful. We sit them in front of televisions and sink them into their IPads so that the only connection they have with others is so tenuous that it can be severed by an off button. It's no surprise that so many of them are opting for a permanent off button.
We are not living right, folks.