Monday, April 09, 2018

Inner Healing and Youth

He was the teenage son of a well-known politician. Much of his life was exposed to the brilliance and celebrity of his lawyer-parent. He learned to want to be like her.

This young man failed to pass the law entrance of the country's premier university. This was where his parent-Mom finished law school with the highest of honors.

Just a few days after he learned of his failed law entrance exam, he committed suicide inside his room. He left a note to his parents, "Sorry."

This young person is part of a very disturbing trend nowadays. Based on world health statistics, the rates of teen suicide deaths and suicide attempts have skyrocketed since 2011.

The feeling of shame can be too overwhelming a burden to carry for any young person. Destructive. The feeling could be "not good enough, "not achieving enough."

Today's youth needs to be helped on understanding the family system. It's through it where they grew up and got molded first.

Without this proper understanding, they may find themselves dangerously vulnerable. For example, just a withering look or disapproving glance from a parent can leave a young person broken.

Most importantly, after knowing there was family dysfunction, the young person gets guidance. Whether through professional or informal therapy/counseling.

The hurting young person needs healing from the resultant psychological wounds. He or she needs to make different choices in the present onwards.

That help is absolutely necessary ... before it gets too late.

"When it is darkest, we can see the stars," says Ralph Waldo Emerson. Let our youth experience this with the kind of help we give them.