I have a very close family member who attempted suicide about 2 years ago and has had a remarkable turn around.
She is now enrolled in a great school, has lots of friends and is thriving.
She explained it to me this way.”Paraphrasing” I thought I had no value and that no one wanted me. I felt like God didn’t care about me as an individual, and that I had no future.
On top of all of that , all I cared about was what everyone else thought about me, I never took the time to get to know myself. Social media took over my life and all I cared about was being liked and getting likes.
When I asked her what changed , She said I let God into my life Lots of prayer and pleading and from that point I felt like , If I have value to God then I should value myself, and from my self-love others could see that I loved myself and they loved me for it.
Two years later She is now studying to be a high school counselor and her entire mission is preventing teen and adult suicide. She has tons of friends and life is her oyster.
I know the God message is a bit edgy for this board. But that is what she told me.
Regardless of the God equation people have to learn to love themselves first and that self-love will manifest. Social media and our 24/7 non stop society prevents people from knowing and loving themselves. “Alone time” time with no media apparatus just thinking or working or heaven forbid reading has been declining at an alarming rate and is creating a schism between people.
Time spent one on one with others just talking is doing the same.
This (Suicide) is the epidemic/great plague of the next 100 years.
Sorry I feel strongly about it as I just about lost someone I loved very much. I don’t want it to happen to anyone. So put down the phone or other device and re-connect please and make sure those you love do the same.