SAD Strikes Again

By Ethan Zakrewski

Hoof Print (McDonough, Georgia)

Days are getting shorter and shorter.

My fear is growing taller and taller.

Nobody cares about me.

This hurts.

I can’t live with being the failure I am.

I’m not alone.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans. Every single day almost 100 people end their own lives with countless more considering it.

But the holidays.

They remind me of how my family was torn to shreds by a divorce. I don’t have a family to go to. Everyone else gets to spend time with the people they love, but I don’t. Nobody loves me. I’m hopeless.

I’m not alone.

In 2013, 30% of high school students reported feeling hopeless every day for at least two weeks.

As winter approaches, many people react to shorter days by developing a form of depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder  or SAD. SAD arises because shorter days interrupt the body’s circadian rhythm causing some people to develop symptoms of depression and loneliness. If you or someone you know is experiencing, suicidal thoughts or actions call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). The Hoof Print [and WANT!] begs all of you to stay alive and to stay happy.


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About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (

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