World statistics say suicides have increased by 60% over the last 50 years. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Started way back in 2003 it seeks to create awareness of a subject taboo and yet an increasing cause of concern. In our immediate social circle, I’m sure everyone of us have heard, been shocked with the news of someone we know having committed suicide. Its only after the person has gone do we say, “They should have spoken to someone close, met a doctor, tried to seek some sort of help.” Going to a psychiatrist, saying you are depressed, sharing what you are really feeling inside is still looked down upon and the person unfortunately is called weak.
When in medical science we are continuously told that prevention is better than cure, why don’t we as a society, as friends, as parents believe the same principle for suicide. We brush the feelings, the fear, the worry under the carpet thinking one magic wand of “the new sun, new day” is going to change everything failing to understand that the nonchalancy is what may trigger suicide. Sometimes all that is really needed is an empathetic ear, a comforting touch, a belief. Then there are times when we probably question the silence, or the withdrawal, or the anger, not realising that any such emotion which isn’t really a personality trait but suddenly surfaced and/or stayed for a period of time are the signs.
Why is it that the millennial generation is more stressed, more depressed, more suicide prone? Finding reasons will probably be easier than the solutions.
It’s not the just the Blue Whale Challenge that has created a fear but the growing agnostic populace that doesn’t believe in prayer, hope, gratitude, humility and peace. Suicide is not just relegated to a certain age group. Though most common between 16 to 30 yrs, very often grown adults allow themselves to be burdened by financial worries, emotional relationship issues, ailments or diseases that they feel they have to deal with all alone. The fear of the anticipated problems or the acceptance of the inevitable is sometimes beyond their emotional strength and they may allow themselves to be swept in the tide while the by standers can only cringe in fear of what they see.
But there will always be signs of that person seeking help. It could be defensive (anger, frustration, violence) or withdrawal (silence, reclusiveness, nonchalance). That’s the time, as friends or people that we are concerned about, we should ask relevant questions to help in solutions. To help the person hold on to reality, to belief, to hope. Discuss with a doctor, make the parents aware, get information from his/her colleagues and friends, to create a possibility to prevent an untoward incident. We can make a difference so let’s do it now.