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First, I was going going to be sarcastic about the fact that finals week starts in 5 days and that it is driving me nuts. But then, I took a minute to think and realized that some people actually lose their minds over the student and adult life in general. The facts are shocking, in France, suicide is the second cause of death for people between 18 and 25 and the FIRST cause of death for people aged between 25 and 34. Transitioning from childhood to being a teenager is hard and the transition between being a teenager and adulthood is just as hard if not more. Indeed you might experience all kinds of material and psychological issues. It's a time where you really change but not physically , you grow up, you might face financial issues, you have a lot of work, you don't know what the future will look like. All of this is really stressful. Everyone does not feel suicidal, it's true but I also learnt that in France 30% of students end up developing a mental health issue like addictions, eating disorders, anxiety before they graduate college.
So, what's the point of this post ? First of all, to raise awareness. These are illnesses, not just people being overly sensitive or stressed out. It's as much of an illness as cancer since it can threaten once life. Then, I'd like to talk about the attitude to have towards people having mental illnesses. Don't treat them like they're sick, but don't forget that they are. We can only do so much to help our friends or relative with such a situation, we are not experts but there are so things that everyone can do :
Listen to what they have to say
Don't minimize what they are going through
Maybe to you this will all seem obvious and thank god, but I've noticed, especially on social media, that mental illnesses are really not being understood and since cyber bullying is on the rise I thought that sharing these tips to go by in the real life and behind a screen could be helpful.