Suicide has surged to the highest levels in the United States. It is especially high for women. Information courtesy of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Graphic by Sarah Berjan


By Sarah Berjan




It should be shocking to realize that suicide is now the second leading cause of death among young adults from the ages 15 to 24, but it does not come as a surprise to many.

We speak a broken dialect of English with words and phrases which we do not mean in the slightest, including the mortal threat of taking your own life. It is present through social media outlets and conversational language where phrases like “I want to kill myself” slips away from our tongue to express discontent with one’s situation, resulting in its desensitization. As a society, we should stop utilizing these empty threats so that we can identify those who truly need help.  

Phrases such as “kill myself” and “kill me now” plague social media and online platforms in our society. This cry for help is now mutilated into an outlet which people express minuscule frustrations. When did it become acceptable to take the phrase “I want to kill myself” so lightly? It is a serious issue that is constantly mocked by countless individuals who believe having a mental illness is a trend.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the second leading cause of death among persons aged 25-34 years, the fourth among person aged 35-54 years, the eighth among persons aged 55-64 years, the 17th among persons 65 years and older, and the 10th leading cause across all ages. Suicide is a legitimate epidemic.

This is for those who pretend to shoot themselves in the head when they cannot find the appropriate words to express how they are truly feeling.

These jokes are not funny–they are dangerous.

We need to realize the importance of expressing our feelings appropriately and creating an environment in which people can openly talk about depression without being the boy who cries wolf. As fellow human beings, we must encourage the use of professional help to those who truly are in need. Being a part of a generation whom considers suicide to be a joking matter is very disappointing but the intention is to address this dilemma in hopes that people actually realize the severity to which it is used.

This argument may be considered too politically correct for some, however this topic requires the most delicate of handling, as people’s lives are potentially at stake while our society continues to consider cries for help as jokes. Instead of joking around about ending our lives, we should be more considerate about what we say for those who are genuinely considering suicide so their voices can be truly heard.