Much like the great depression, life today can be a daily struggle. At the peak of the great depression 25% of the nation’s workers were unemployed, leaving families with no money, no job and 250,000 young people homeless. CNN Money reported that in 2009, at the peak of the recession, the U.S unemployment rate rose 7.2%; its highest since the end of World War II, with homeless families climbing because of it.
Although the recession contributes greatly to mental stress and anxiety on our youths, it isn’t the only issue that elicits distress. With continued fighting in Libya, constant protests in Morocco, and an epidemic of bullying in the U.S., youths are bombarded with taxing and traumatic events every single day. And, let’s not forget about politics, terrorism, education, and plenty in between, such as extracurricular activities, exams, and the abundant amount of expectations that may be placed on them.
In his modest video, Mahmoud Jabari talks about the challenging issues that he feels are facing his generation. This video is straightforward but for this youth and others it encompasses an enormous message; that our young people take notice to the defiant events around them.
With the amount of pandemic dealings taking place every moment, it is important that parents, teachers, faith organizations, and community advocates stop and consider unanswered questions and unhealthy thoughts that may be sulking in the minds of our youths.
Bullying and teen suicide have become synonymous, which strengthens the need to encourage our youths to speak up and speak out