Obedience to Authority

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about how we, as a society, act toward suicide and depression before any actions occur. Although there are many places for people to reach out to when these thoughts come across their mind, there aren’t many places to go in order to prevent these thoughts or actions from taking place. I came across a blog dealing with mental health that went along with many of the thoughts I had been having.

In this blog post, it talked about how we are a reactive society instead of proactive. It can be hard to try to prevent these thoughts from happening among people, especially since many times suicidal thoughts or depression can come up suddenly. One of the problems I had while reading this blog post, though, was the fact that it only talked about teenagers. It seems like this is a common thought among people when they think about depression and suicide. People often believe this problem only exists, or is most prevalent, among teenagers. Depression and suicide, as I have discussed before, is a widespread problem among people of different ages, race, occupation, and gender. This is not simply a problem that exists early on in life or mainly in teenagers.

However, many of the points this blog post brought up were important. It talked about raising awareness among physicians to look for signs in patients instead of waiting for the patient to bring up the problem of suicidal thoughts or a possibility of depression. Often times, especially with depression, those suffering from it may not realize it at first.

Becoming a proactive society was also an interesting point. Why can’t we work to prevent suicide or depression? I think much of this is being done in anti-bullying campaigns, but there needs to be even more campaigns and projects started in order to save more lives.

Awhile ago I was asked to read an article on obedience and authority. I found it interesting at the time, but it wasn’t until it was recently brought up that I looked at it in terms of what this means today. The experiment was done by a psychologist named Stanley Milgram who was looking to see how people reacted to authority figures; it was proven that most people won’t resist authority. If this is still true today, then there is a lot we can do with this information.

If a law, or set of laws, could be created to help prevent suicide and depression, then people would feel obligated to obey these laws. Anti-bullying campaigns are a good start as well as mandatory reporting on people who may be suicidal, but the more awareness that is spread and pressure that is put on elected officials, there is more of a possibility of saving lives.

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