FOR YOUR INSPIRATION
- Category: Life Talk
This year has been tough, right? I’m sure you agree. We went from being super excited about a new beginning, to dreading the remainder of the year.
Sad, isn’t it?
As a student among other students, hearing and witnessing the rise of depression and suicides is pretty scary. Not so long ago, a Witswaterstrand University student jumped off a building. Her tweets prior to her death were a call for help. A 12 year old hung herself after she was apparently bullied at school. Not to mention the Grade 2 learner at Dalpark Primary School who brought a gun to school in attempts to protect himself from his bully.
It’s a little spine-chilling to see how the influx of depression and suicides is a universal thing.
In the United Kingdom, the suicide rates almost doubled, making it an all time high. The number of students with mental health problems at universities in the UK has risen to its highest level with a record 15,395 students disclosing their mental health issues in their first year – a fivefold increase in a decade.
If you were to visit any profile on Twitter, young or old, you’d find at least a handful of tweets about depression. It has become a common thread.
University students are in a multi-faceted phase. We are finding our feet in almost every sphere of our lives. Even though we go to school to broaden our horizons, life outside still happens. It doesn’t stop for us to focus at one thing at a time. That is how we get overwhelmed. Everything happens all at once.
More students than ever are killing themselves due to financial and academic pressures. Let’s face it; South Africa’s economy is appalling to say the least. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, we got JUNK status. Petrol prices spike up, everything follows... except salaries. It’s easier falling into debt than it is falling out.
We have friends who work while at school for grocery and transport money. In light of the entire school load, they need to always make time to work. We have friends who have been abandoned by their parents, we have friends who became mothers/fathers... friends who have dropped out of school because of financial limitations. Some of us are those friends.
With all that is happening in our world, we’re often dragged into focusing on those and losing sight of God. The perfect time for satan to have a field day with us. He whispers doubts, blocks our vision, and makes us focus on the smaller picture of how terrible our situations are.
Remember: Our God is above all.
Here’s a quick reference guide:
Need Courage:Joshua 1
Need Direction:Psalm 73:21-26
Depression: Psalm 27, Psalm 37:23-24, John 16:33, Nehemiah 8:10, Psalm 42:5, Hosea 6:1, 2 Timothy 1:7, Psalm 147:3...
We need to remember that there is an emergency line available 24/7.
The best part is that a phone service is not required. Direct petitions heavenward!
(Call 0800 567 567 for depression, anxiety, or suicidal emergencies)