The official student news site of Athens Drive High School


The official student news site of Athens Drive High School


The official student news site of Athens Drive High School


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Senior Spotlight: Ava Seay
Brady Jones, Assistant News Editor • June 4, 2024

As the school year fades to an end, many graduates are leaving the Athens Drive community to begin searching for their passions. While some...

Brady Jones has an on-stage-cameo as security guard in production called I Hate Shakespeare. Photo provided by Lauryn Webb
Senior spotlight: Brady Jones
Taylor Malloy, Editor in Chief • June 4, 2024

Athens Drive High School watches many of its students arrive as freshmen and leave as seniors. Some of these seniors stand out as being leaders,...

Jayvon Coleman at Athens Drive
Senior Spotlight: Jayvon Coleman
Sama Yousef, Staff Writer • June 4, 2024

Throughout high school, students achieve and extend themselves thoroughly; Senior Jayvon Coleman has pushed himself to perform excellence throughout...

Rachel Huffman, a cheerful senior at a companions home having a fun time with friends and her digital camera, at a get together.
Senior Spotlight: Rachel Huffman
Deevani Rodriguez, Features Copy Editor • June 4, 2024

Out of the graduating class of 2024, Senior Rachel Huffman has strived to do her best at leading and achieving greatness at Athens Drive Magnet...

The Drive Inquiry Clubs website is pictured. Dylan Ducatte dedicated a lot of her time while at Athens to the club.
Senior Spotlight: Dylan Ducatte
Sophie King, Assistant Editor • June 4, 2024

A true historian, senior Dylan Ducatte has spent her time at Athens fully engaged in all the school's social studies classes. Throughout her...

Skylar Moore at graduation rehearsal with fellow students.
Senior Spotlight: Skylar Moore
Rowan Bissett, Assistant Sports Editor • June 4, 2024

June 8, 2024, Athens seniors will walk the stage, take their diplomas, and finally finish high school. One of those Seniors is Skylar Moore,...

Meet the Staff

Danazia McLean, also known as Nae, is a senior at Athens Drive High School and a member of the Idea Hunters of Athens Oracle. In her free time, she enjoys trying new foods, hanging out with her friend...

Rose Luck
Rose Luck
Copy Editor

Rose Luck is a Junior at Athens Drive. She enjoys making jewelry and listening to music. This is Rose's second year, and third semester writing for the Athens Oracle. She finds journalism fun and as it...

Zane Perryman
Assistant Editor

Zane is a senior in Newspaper 3 and is an assistant editor. He likes music and taking pictures and writing stories about things he enjoys.

A veil of silence

The silence is deafening. In their battle against depression, people are still finding themselves facing the illness alone. Regardless of age, sex or ethnicity, the stigma against depression still lingers across the nation. It baffles me that in a country which has become so forward with other societal issues like racism and sexism, we are treating one of the world’s most common health problems as a blemish on our nation.

When my brother attempted suicide last year, my parents thought they had failed in some way raising him. My brother, along with his doctors, reassured them that his sickness was not a result of their parenting; it was an illness that needed to be treated systematically like any other illness. Still, the entrenched taboo on depression kept them from comfortably discussing the diagnosis with friends and even family members. They weren’t ashamed; they only found it a difficult topic to address.

How did we get to this point as a society? Movies and televisions shows depict mental illnesses as bizarre and alienating conditions. Negative stereotypes that stem from the media surround people with depression. Dehumanizing someone with a mental disorder through jokes has become a simple process.

People with depression and other mental disorders like anorexia nervosa and schizophrenia are accused of making up the condition for attention; others claim these individuals lack the “willpower” to overcome their disorders. When my brother told his peers of his attempt, many of them were physically angry at him. Although it was not his own conscious choice to have depression, people still treated him as if he chose the illness.

There is a veil of silence that distorts the truth about mental illnesses which we as a society must overcome to lower the rising suicide rates in the United States. Without a community that comfortably accepts mental disorders, individuals will not publicize their affliction. The hardest step for people with depression is often admitting to someone that they have a problem. Because the signs are so unnoticeable, it is crucial that depressed individuals come out with their condition so action can be taken to solve the problem. When depression is stigmatized in the way it is today, people do not wish to reveal their ailment to others. The taboo brings with it an internal sense of shame which prevents people from confronting their own affection. Most people with depression do not actually seek help and their condition goes untreated, often ending in suicide.

My brother, thankfully, has grown comfortable discussing his condition to others. With his openness toward his depression, I am slowly seeing him improve. If all goes well, he will be returning to school second semester with the support of his friends and family. Hopefully this year our country will be able to lift this veil of silence together.

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