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Mayan Apocalypse Fears Causing Some Kids to Contemplate Suicide

ICTMN Staff
12/19/12

End of world fears have sent some teens and adults into a state of anxiety and despair so deep that they have considered taking their own lives. 

David Morrison, an astronomer and senior scientist with NASA, operates "Ask an Astrobiologist" for the space agency, in which he responds to astrological questions from everyday citizens. But lately, he says, people have become preoccupied with the purported Mayan Apocalypse, December 21, 2012.

Recently, Morrison told USA.gov, "At least once a week I get a message from a young person—as young as 11—who says they are and/or will contemplate suicide because of the [alleged] coming doomsday."

NASA continues to debunk apocalypse myths and warns people against terrifying the mentally vulnerable, “frightened children and suicidal teens who truly fear the world may come to an end,” LiveScience.com reported on November 28 after an online NASA session over Google+ designed to quell doomsday fears.

While the supposed apocalypse is based on false information—the Mayan calendar didn’t end on the 21st, but the inconsequential Mayan calendar cycle, the 13th b’ak’tun, did—some people remain terrified that the world will cease to exist within the next couple days.

An article in the Examiner advises parents in how to talk to their children to assuage their fears. The Portland, Oregon-based “parenting” author recommends speaking with confidence—not fueling kids’ nightmares with possibilities or uncertainty. She also stresses the importance of making future plans and sticking to a comforting bedtime routine.

Even without doomsday anxieties, the holidays season is not very cheerful for many people struggling with any number of things. Jessica Danforth, executive director of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network, puts things into perspective.

“Apocalypse or not the reality is that the holiday season in general can be a difficult time for a lot of people, whether they are alone or without family, or very real issues like poverty or violence happening in their lives,” Danforth said. “It's always a good time to reach out to others who may be struggling or whose holidays may not necessarily be ‘merry’, as well as to think about action-planning around a time when depression, sadness or even suicide can happen but can also be prevented. Action-planning things, like how to deal with anger and frustration, being supportive and seeking help can be a [good] place to start.

December 21st is also the Winter Solstice, which has always been a time of change and renewal. It's up to us to decide what change is possible!"

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I wouldn't put much value in this civilization's ability to predict the end of the world. If you remember, they sure didn't do a good job predicting 500 spanish conquistadors were going to show up on their shore and butcher everyone.

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I read about the Mayan calendar and 2012 back in 1994 and was able to find good information from scholars, Mayan elders, and others with knowledge on the subject who explained that the ending was a matter of perception. Since then I saw how accurate that was because what was ending was all around us - the undemocratic, exclusionary and oppressive mindset that had taken over basic systems in this country- and as I saw the collapse of Wall street, banks and the mortgage scandals which hit the poor the hardest, the polarization of politics as well as wealth distribution and the destruction of the middle class, increased govt. scandals involving deceit and favoritism, education systems, religions especially the priesthoods, etc. I thought the Mayans were right and these things should end so we could return to a real democracy. I always thought the holistic, spiritual way of thinking of indigenous traditions was more truly democratic and it is something to be proud of and to learn from

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so relived the world wont end im only 11 i was so scared cause apparently the world was supposed to end tommorow still not 100% sure im 85% sure the world wont end and 15% sure it will.

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who ever said these false words id like to kick them in the dick hahaha just saying

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Yes, it's the start of the Age of Aquarius! In which we can work together in synchronicity and love to heal Mother Earth and go back to abundance and sharing. As Bob Marley said "you think this is the end. It's only the beginning."

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I wish people would educate themselves! The Mayans never said the world was going to end. "For the Maya, the date December 21, 2012 marks the... beginning of a change in consciousness, a time when a new socioeconomic order will arise in harmony with Mother Earth. An unfounded fear was created before the new millennium by religious leaders who based their theories on misguided interpretations of ancient religious texts and predictions made by famous prophets. The true guardians of our tradition have never been consulted about this date, but we are here to say: December 21, 2012, will not be the end of the world or the end of humanity. In fact, it will be the start of a period in which harmony, understanding, peace, and wisdom can reign. The prophecy says that during [this time] we will move toward a harmonious Natural Order so that both the Earth and humanity can attain the next stage of evolution." - Carlos Barrios, Mayan Elder, priest, historian, anthropologist, researcher, and an expert in the Sacred Maya Calendar

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@Anonymous: "If you remember, they sure didn't do a good job predicting 500 spanish conquistadors were going to show up on their shore and butcher everyone." What?! They actually DID predict/write that a light-skinned men would visit their land.
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