I’m a Teen: How Can I Tell Who’s Joking, Who’s Crying for Help

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The nation’s conversation about mental illness and school shootings has changed the way I listen to my classmates.

It’s changed the way I read and everything I watch.

Ayisat Bisiriyu

As a high school freshman at Winchester Thurston School, I have personally experienced the boom in conversations surrounding mental illness this year. We discuss it in class, and my friends and I talk about it. Growing up, I never realized how much what I see as a typical daily task or situation could affect another person who is struggling with mental illness. I never considered how one of my peers might negatively react to the things I am saying. I never thought that I would be in a situation where what I say might lead to another person taking their own life. The thought of it horrifies me.

I believe teenagers today are feeling a pressure they have never experienced before.

Our generation uses social media more than any other generation before us. It’s easy to showcase our accomplishments and broadcast our highest…

Finish reading this article on the Youth Today website: https://youthtoday.org/2018/08/1064380/



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