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I know that Viktor Frankl is very "old school" theory, but his idea of "logotherapy" really resonates with me. His theory is that everyone needs to feel that their life has meaning. If people feel that their lives have meaning, they will never attempt suicide.I suspect we really have to move away from the medical model, even in the field of medicine...it needs to broaden its perspective... to really help people.
So if someone is suicidal, they feel their life has no meaning. So logotherapy is talking with this person to facilitate them discovering that their life does have meaning. I feel that lots of teens feel their lives have no meaning. They need to discover their passions and talents, and then they are more likely to feel life is meaningful. And I do feel there's a large correlation between the lack of spirituality in teen lives and their perceived lack of meaning.
Teens need more well-rounded experiences: besides academics and sports, they need connections with nature and the environment, the satisfaction of volunteer work, and the sense of accomplishment from creating something useful, like making a quilt, or a dinner, or a chair.
They need that sense of participating in something that's greater than any one individual, like building houses for an organization like Habitat for Humanity. Teens really lack community experiences that help them feel like a productive member of the community.