Social media linked to teenage suicide

Antigua Observer:-Life Coach Janice Huff is implicating social media as a factor in the increasing rate of suicide among youth in Antigua & Barbuda and the wider world.

Huff said the advent of social media has seemingly forced young people to try to fit in despite the challenges they are facing.

“Our lives are like goldfish bowls where everybody is looking on us, and I think that clearly adds immense pressure that some of us have never had before,” she said.

According to Huff, young people are being forced, because of social media, to portray an image of themselves that doesn’t exist.

“They are showing off the world as one person, and literally they feel something else completely different inside,” she argued.

“The whole point is that there is so much other stress coming into their lives as well now. Yet, they are still hiding behind the Internet, claiming that they are doing okay because that’s how they want to be seen by their friends, peers and parents.”

Huff said young people must be encouraged by adults to “come out of that and say it’s okay to not be okay”.


  1. Disciplined
    November 15, 2016 at 10:21 am

    What we need is to submit to the Higher power who was, and is, and is to come… The Lord God Almighty. We need to teach our children from young their worth, their value and purpose in this life. By example we need to show them that what is of ultimate importance is how God sees us and what He’s called us to be, in fact who and what are exactly. How others see us will worry us less and less as we grow to appreciate how God sees us.

    1. lucianborn
      November 16, 2016 at 7:39 am