Suicide – The word itself is really heavy. IKR, I don’t know how I just stumbled on this word this morning & co-incidentally we started a discussion on this on our breakfast table.
That conversation made me curious enough to write since you know Idol mind is devils workshop & it suits me well!
I have missed National Suicide Prevention Month (it was in September) but I’ve been thinking a lot about it and wanted to share some of my thoughts.
To start off, let me just say that my thoughts are all over the place because one of a family member have committed suicide, and I still get extremely upset thinking about it.
Just have so many questions in mind regarding that one incident that why she hasn’t reached out for help? Why she hasn’t expressed her truest self? Then I blame her for making everyone else suffer. After all, she has gone now, which leaves the rest of us heartbroken. But then there are other times when I get angry at everyone else…how could they not see there was a problem? Why didn’t they reach out to help her through it? It just doesn’t make sense.
And I know these questions doesn’t really make any sense after everything has happened & nothing’s going to change & I can’t go back in time and change anything-on their end or on our end. So now what?
Well, while I was searching for more facts I got to my hands on something mind-boggling today, something which is just hard to swallow there were on average 828,000 / 1.5% (2015) deaths from committing suicide & the Usual onset was: >70 and 15–30 years old. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15–29-year-olds Can you imagine that?
I wonder how people give up on life so easily. How they think that death is the easiest escape from all the worries.
That’s a ridiculously high number! What are we doing about that? Most of us are doing nothing. Whether we’re on one end as people considering suicide or we’re on the other end as friends and family who could be making a difference, most of us are doing nothing. We are simply letting life play itself out because we believe that we have absolutely have no control over such statistics.
Well, I don’t think so it’s true, & we can make a difference for sure. There are so many things that can be done from our side.
Starting off with a very useful link – http://www.aasra.info/
I have consolidated some of the points that I found online which can be really useful. Some are simple, and some are not. You decide what you want to do, and you pass this on to other people so that we can continue making an even bigger differenc
- Smile at everyone you see no matter how you’re feeling.
- Communicate with people, since it’s the key!
- Thank people even for simplest things & show gratitude.
- Hold a door open for someone.
- Volunteer (anywhere). This can make a huge difference & am sure you will get immense happiness by doing so for a cause which is close to your heart. Check this out : https://www.volunteermatch.org/
Anything more serious –
- Listen to people. If you really think someone is suicidal, use resources such as http://www.helpguide.org/mental/suicide_prevention.htm
- Try giving a second chance to people.
- Talk to someone if you are feeling depressed.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s pretty normal.
- Don’t worry about others judging you. Does that even matter?
- Call a suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
- Work for a suicide prevention hotline.
- Urge people to seek professional help.
Overall, there are so many things we can do at our end. Ask others and use the internet as a resource, but don’t just sit around and do nothing.
I know you must be wondering that why we should really be bothered about such things & to even care for even a stranger, but why not make a difference when you can do so unknowingly?
I take a pledge to do my bit in this direction. Are you in??
On that note, will be sharing a motivational story very soon in my next write up. Till than stay tuned & share your valuable feedback 🙂