Depression is real, Elisa knows it. Daily lives with a sadness that does not want to go. She says that feeling has stuck to her inside and out. She no longer enjoys school, she gets angry easily with her classmates and at home as well. He feels inadequate, insignificant, like a blue butterfly whose wings are painfully pierced with pins and can’t fly. At times I would like to disappear “just like that”.
In Mexico, 10 out of every 100,000 young people between the ages of 12 and 24 have had suicidal ideas, thoughts that become the highest point of a depressive process. With each generation more campaigns arrive with information to address and not let these signs go unnoticed in youth, but there are more and more girls and boys who suffer and do not know how to handle them.
Arcelia Ayup Silveti (Matamoros, Coahuila) is the author of The Flight of Elisa, a youth novel about the daily life of a girl who feels too much sadness and doesn’t know what to do with it. The also columnist has published the works Evocations of flavor and soul. Gastronomic pleasures (2011); Of beats and biznagas (2013); Hideouts of the Moon (2017), and Two Lives (2020). In addition, he is a professor at the Universidad Iberoamericana and the Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila; It has been this activity that has brought her closer to young people who decided to take their own lives. Thus, he brings this plot to the literary world to open up consciences and help “those of us who are surrounded by young people detect the red lights of depression and know what to do”.
The author began writing this story in 2018 and took a year and a half to work on it until it took the form of a novel that makes those who feel sad and silent visible and away from the taboo: “When we have some other type of illness, we don’t it is embarrassing to say that we have a liver problem or that we have a headache; That is why mental illnesses should be discussed normally.”
Elisa becomes a mirror in which anyone who needs to put a name to the feelings that seem to have no name can be reflected, and also for those who are looking for a way to support those who suffer from it.
A story full of empathy
The author makes an effort throughout the story to provide information that helps young people who, with deaf cries, may be desperately asking for help. Empathy becomes the net that catches from the first line. With great detail in the description of emotions, thoughts and moods, the writer leads the reader to put on Elisa’s wings and fly the same course as this girl who, in the midst of unsympathetic young people and a world that spins at a convulsive rhythm, tries to appreciate more colors than the blue that floods it.
In her school, Elisa’s teacher personifies those who, due to lack of empathy or emotional ignorance, minimize depression by saying that human beings must be strong and know that in life not everything is good.
“When sadness is long, it stops being called that and it’s time to support”, Arcelia points out and gives us the opportunity to meet Elisa in her painful day-to-day effort to understand that what she feels is real and to be able to face processes, internal and external, which will lead her to become a more courageous, loving and free butterfly.
The print run was 1,000 copies, and with the purchase of each book, the Amonite Foundation for the Communication of Culture and Science will donate another to charitable causes.
Elisa’s flight can be purchased by writing to Whatsapp (844) 1297379, with shipments to all of Mexico .
About the Author:
Arcelia Ayup Silveti
He studied the Master’s Degree in Literature and Literary Creation at Casa Lamm in Mexico City and the Diploma in Correction of Texts at the same educational institution. He has published four books of different genres. She is the co-author of a couple of works and an independent cultural promoter. She was Coordinator of Culture at the Research Institute for the Comprehensive Development of University Women (IIDIMU), of the Autonomous University of Coahuila, where she has taught, a task she has also carried out at the Universidad Iberoamericana. She is currently head of Cultural Dissemination of the Torreón Unit of the UAdeC.