… for being part of this initiative to talk to communities and young folk about depression and suicide.
It’s been one of my major insta-rage issues since I was a teenager: the constant rhetoric around youth suicide and how we just shouldn’t talk about it because then the stupid teenagers will just copy-cat suicide.
Newsflash: Kiwi youth are managing to kill themselves just fine without the “encouragement” of people talking about it as a serious issue.
It will never stop baffling me how people will honestly argue that the solution to youth depression and suicide is to make those suffering from depression feel more alone and more ashamed and more like a complete failure – because hey, everyone else is getting along just fine! They must be fine! Because they never talk about feeling like crap for no reason at all! So I must be a giant failure!!!
It’s fucking heartless.