I just found out what the health minister's brilliant new strategy to combat rising rates of chronic depression, suicide attempts, and suicide among teens and young adults:
"The youths just need to learn that death is permanent and not something you can opt out of later"
That's the point. Death being permanent is kind of why so many are tempted to choose the eternal sleep over facing their demons.
Cynics like me would expect politicians to maybe tweet something like that when drunk, maybe, and then be reprimanded by their party for it, but nope. Translated actual citation from a party-approved speech. Yes, in that "oh-so-superior" tone as well.
I don't think I need to point out how upset I am with this blatant and ignorant blame shifting. I'd normally snark at the monumental stupidity of my government, but this matter is too serious and close to mind. Telling suicidal people that it's their fault, they are stupid, and they need disipline rather than help and understanding should be self-evidently a bad idea, but apperantly not even all the official documents on suicide prevention and depression published by the mental health agency combined is sufficient evidence to base a policy on.
The stigmatization of mental health problems in general, and depression and emotional instability in particular, in Sweden is severe; sometimes doctors will even misdiagnose delibrately to ensure that patients can recieve some help and feel secure in doing so, even if it wouldn't be as efficient as an accurate diagnosis. We do not need to add to it. We need to increase public awareness and de-dramatizise; psychiatric professionals and government agencies say this.
So, as a youth struggling with mental health, I'd like to pose a single genuine question to all politicians who like to go on and on about how the young generation is the key to our future. I know none of them will ever read it, cuz they don't care, but I still need to put it out somewhere: The fuck should we care about the longevity of this nation? If "everything you face is your fault, you are stupid, and you should feel bad" is all you got, then no thanks.
(I just want to make clear before anyone gets worried: I see a psychiatrist regularly and am gradually improving. I want to live. I'm mostly upset because our leaders seem perfectly willing to discard anyone who struggles and is younger than 25.)