Herald: Suicide is preventable

Suicide is preventable

29 Oct 2018 06:00am IST

Report by
Thecla Pereira

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29 Oct 2018 06:00am IST

Report by
Thecla Pereira


There is always a reason to live, even when you feel like suicide is an option.

We all suffer. Many of us experience extreme suffering, and for some of us the suffering we experience seems unbearable. When suffering seems unbearable thoughts of suicide commonly arise, and some of us will attempt to take our own lives. 

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the West, and while death is never pleasant, suicide seems an especially tragic way to die. Suicide is such a complex and individual matter. It defies logic but the painful thoughts are clearly overwhelming. Impossible to reliably predict, no good evidence for any effective treatment, despite lots of kind and well-meaning people. Numbers are increasing. The suggestions for prevention sound good but don't seem to work. Numbers continues to increase in India.

With all respect, I don’t think suicide is selfish. Being selfish relates pleasure or welfare. Suicide is a desperate action that is done to cease extreme emotional pain. For them there is no other option. Also, mental Illness is likely to be involved and as such the person is not thinking clearly at the time. The purpose in life gets blurred and it can be difficult for some people to find their place and purpose. In order to prevent it, I think trying to understand and being empathetic to what they have gone through to get to the stage of contemplating suicide would help. I think pointing a finger and placing blame by saying “you’re selfish if you do that”, will stop a person from wanting to talk about it… they already feel enough guilt The feeling of uselessness and being a burden could be a reason a sensitive person wants to kill herself.

While it is a tragic and complicated issue, suicide is preventable. Can you imagine how many lives would be saved if we put as much time, energy, effort and money into suicide prevention as we do for automobile safety? People’s inner reaction to tragedies varies, so much so when a person commits suicide it is always a tragedy, not always an act of despair, but it is an attempt to end unendurable pain and hurt. Suicide is indeed a desperate way to die but we must understand it for what it is a sickness of the soul. There is something about the news of a suicide somewhere in all of us; a silent shiver of fear begins.

There is so much of mystery about the inner state of those whose hearts and minds cannot go on with the journey of life. We are made of body and soul either can snap. We can die of cancer, of a heart failure, or kidney failure these are physical illnesses but we can suffer those too in the soul the human spirit, mental wounds, from which the soul cannot recover. “Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”

No one commits suicide because they want to die. Then why do they do it? Because, they want to stop the pain. It is also a significant health concern. If we are to make a difference in suicide rates, we must improve mental healthcare access and delivery the country.

We need all the loving sensitive people of the world, and mental health field needs to better understand how to help and prevent suicide. It may seem impossible right now, but you always have reasons to stay alive.

When all you’ve left is a sigh A heart that could only cry Let His love embrace you And His presence comfort you.
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