The Positive Habit Weekly Blog – 14th May, 2018 – Darkness into Light
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Dear Positive Habit People,
I hope this email finds you well and happy.
On Saturday last over 200,000 people across Ireland and the world took part in the Pieta House “Darkness into the Light” 5k run/walk. If you were one of these people, well done! The work Pieta house do for families affected by suicide and self-harm is so important that my heart lifted to see so many people take part. My 10-year-old son, Luca was the first child to finish in our local event and I was so proud of him not just for his fitness levels but more for his desire to help those who suffer from severe mental health issues.
I believe we all have a duty to educate society and particularly our young people on the issue of mental health. Young people are among the most vulnerable and Ireland has the fourth highest rate of teenage suicide in the EU. The teenage years are a vulnerable time even for those with good mental health but if a young person suffers from depression or anxiety they are in a very high-risk group. On a neuroscientific level, the pre-frontal cortex, the part of the brain that is responsible for emotional intelligence and reasoning, isn’t fully developed until we reach the age of 25. In the teenage brain the connections between the emotional part of the brain and the decision-making centre are still developing but not necessarily at the same rate. That’s why when teenagers experience overwhelming emotions they often find it difficult to later express what they were thinking. The truth often is that they weren’t thinking as much as they were feeling. The problem with this is that when we feel too many negative emotions we will do anything we can to escape them.
On Saturday morning I came across a Tweet Bressie had posted of an interview on Today FM about a young girl, Milly Toumey, who at only 11 years old took her own life. This interview is heartbreaking to watch but the message of hope from Fiona, her mother, is one worth spreading. This harrowing interview also highlights that as a society we urgently need changes to the mental health system to be able to access the necessary services to help people before it is too late.
You can listen to the interview with Fiona Toumey here. I recommend you watch it – it is hard but really worth it.
Helping young people to release their feelings in a positive way is essential so take the opportunity to reach out and help in any way you can.
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