Why Motus is needed....
Updated: Oct 11, 2018
I write this in the midst of a societal crisis. It has now become normalized for students to enter schools, shoot and kill other students. Stabbings amongst kids, forced to join gangs no longer catches our attention anymore and children as young as 10 are now killing themselves. And as you’re reading this, you have a lack of care, not because you don’t care about the topic, but because you don’t want to feel any responsibility for the collective guilt that we as a society have developed. We are too busy to do anything so we’re only left with the option to listen to the tragedies or ignore them. Even if they’re geographically near, they’re mentally distant. “That’s terrible,” we say, as we continue with our day, while someone else is told that a friend, a brother, a sister, a daughter, a son, has killed themselves. As I said, a societal crisis.
Society has completely changed. I assure you that secondary school now is far scarier than ever before. This is because you’re not only trying to fit into school now; you’re trying to fit into someone you will never be: your social media creation of yourself. That child wants a number of friends never attainable, physical attractiveness that can never be reached, and a life that simply does not exist. It’s a dog trying to catch its own tail. And what if you choose not to play the game? Well then you lose by default. You don’t benefit other kids’ social status’ so you’re alienated or bullied. Welcome to the vicious cycle of adolescence. But of course, these kids will be fine as long as they study hard and achieve the academic goals of their parents. As I said, a societal crisis.
At the age of 12, Evan Ziemniak hung himself because he could not escape the severe bullying he experienced at school. 15-year-old Tallulah Wilson was a gifted ballerina who suffered from mental health issues. She took her own life by jumping in front of a train. This was the final straw for her friend, Mary Troman, who was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder because of sexual assault. Shortly after Tallulah's fatality, Mary left suicide notes before being found dead by the same means of suicide. And finally, 6-year-old Samantha Kuberski had an argument with her parents, which resulted in her being sent to her room. She left, threatening to kill herself. She then proceeded to go to her room and she hung herself from a belt attached to a crib. As I said, a societal crisis. So I know what some parents are thinking. “This isn’t happening to my child”. But why take the risk? Your child might not be drowning but that doesn’t mean he or she knows how to swim.
Society is very much broken. Kids taking their own lives is now some form of sick entertainment for the media. They inform the public, who consumes these tragedies with total normality so they can tell everyone else how terrible it is, and everybody gets on with their lives until it happens again. The media are misrepresenting the issue; the government is blaming others, while children continue to suffer. Everyone is aware of the problem, but nobody is searching for a solution. As I said, a societal crisis.
I understand that some of you will regard this first post as quite dark but I wanted to put a critical lens on the situation today, I wanted you to look at it from the perspectives of those families and friends who have suffered, and I wanted to tell the truth. Suicide itself is an absolutely vile circumstance but when it comes to children, it is unexplainably disgusting. Regardless of our education, our nationality, our political alignment, we can all agree that no child should ever be put in a situation where they feel they have to kill themselves. And I’m not looking for your sympathy. Instead, we need you to look at the situation with empathy, and realize that this is a situation that can be prevented. What the news has not broadcasted is that the general suicide rate has decreased over the past year. Why? Because people are now providing help for adults in need. This is our light at the end of the tunnel. We’ve been shown that our efforts can result in lives saved. But far more work needs to be done. This is why Motus has been set up. Rather than waiting for the problems to arise, we’re trying to not only prevent them, but also find the true potential in every individual. This societal crisis has obstructed childrens’ happiness and that is something we simply cannot stand for.
While we are extremely busy ensuring we help as many children as we can, this blog will be used to remind ourselves why we are putting in the hard work. Along the way, we plan to document all our victories, no matter how big or small, and intend to teach all of you the importance of emotional intelligence. All we ask in return is that you remember that every child has a right to happiness. Welcome to our journey, and I hope you enjoy.
Yours Sincerely, Motus.