Take a minute change a life is the theme of world suicide prevention day 2017.This highlights the importance of speaking up, taking the time and listening. Today 10 September 2017 is the 15th world suicide prevention day and is designed as a worldwide commitment to preventing suicides to the public’s attention and to help society do what it can to prevent suicides now and in the future.
Nearly 3000 people on average commit suicide daily according to world health organization .Every year about one million people die by suicide and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempts .Behind these statistics are the individual stories of those who have for many different reasons ,questioned the value of their lives. More people die from suicide than from murder and war; It is the 13th leading cause of death worldwide. Each one of the individuals is part of a community. So communities have an important role to play in supporting those who are vulnerable.
Let’s talk about some warning signs of anyone having suicidal thoughts: feeling helpless, self-loathing, mood swings, hopelessness, talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself, talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain, sleeping too little or much, withdrawing or feeling isolated, decreased social contact, saying goodbyes to love ones, severe anxiety or agitation, talking about being a burden to others, sudden changes in personality, paranoia, increasing drugs and alcohol usage etc. A high proportion of suicide cases suffered from mental illness before committing suicide. It is said that more than 90% of people who die by suicide have a diagnosable illness often clinical depression, and often in combination with anxiety or substance use disorder and other treatable mental disorder. But it doesn’t need to be serious mental issues always, sometimes lack of somebody listening to us may be the reason behind choice-suicide. Sometimes unable to cope the overwhelming life situation may lead to suicidal thoughts.
There is so much more to experience and suicide is too permanent solution to temporary problem .PLEASE SEEK HELP”. Why not to tell your family, friend, doctor, tell anyone but do not stay SILENT” and end up choosing the worst option : SUICIDE .
Suicide is not a solution of problem .Suicide is the worst option of all. Each breathe we take is important so why not to live your life to the fullest rather than ruining it by ending own precious life. Thoughts of suicide are not your fault. They are often a product of some unbalance in your system mentally or physically or both. Suicide is the “END GAME” so “NEVER TRY TO PLAY IT”.
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Reecha is currently doing Masters in Psychology from Banaras Hindu University.