Suicidal ideation appears when a person feels he/she is no longer able to cope with an overwhelming situation. For example, a broken relationship, financial problems, death of a loved
one, academic stress of failure, or a devastating or debilitating illness. Close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. India has the highest suicide rate in South East Asia and the third highest female suicide rate (according to WHO).
Some warning signs include:
Dramatic mood swings
Feelings of hopelessness, being trapped, or loneliness
Searching for a means of doing personal harm, such as buying a gun, medications, or substances that could end a life
Experiencing changes in daily life routine, or sleeping and food patterns (too less or little)
Engaging in reckless behaviors, including excessive alcohol or drug consumption
Making a will or giving away personal possessions
Death is inevitable. For the cycle of life to be complete. Someone once angrily told me that suicide is stupid and selfish, and if we analysis the statement, it’s been seen for a very long time as an act of crime as well. Some say it’s the coward’s way of going and there is no honor to it. Couldn’t the person fight the battles? The answer is that there is no battle as same as mine as yours.
The emotion, cognition and behavior components can be as similar and different to one another. How can we talk about one’s battle without being in their shoes and facing it frame by frame? We talk about advancement and yet we still stigmatize mental health. If a friend mentions about depression, suggestions from buckle up, it’s just a phase, you are just being stupid, etc, are mentioned. We all need to smile through our worries. But if inside you are decaying and empty with fixed smiles on the outside and going through life mechanically, imagine how much he/she went through to finally take the decision to end life. All I am saying, let’s not view suicide as weakness.
India has the highest suicide rate in South East Asia and the third highest female suicide rate (according to WHO).
World Suicide Prevention Day is observed every year on 10th September. But it takes every day for spreading awareness and preventing suicide. Let’s talk about mental health. Let’s be supportive of each other. Sometimes the signs are very strong and sometimes they aren’t. Look out for signs and symptoms, listen closely without judgment and provide reassurance.
Let’s do the minimum.
Each battle has its own consequences.
Do not be cruel and help let the light of positivity and empathy spread.
Puja Roy is a health psychologist and is currently working as a counselor at the Institute of Neurosciences, Kolkata. You can follow her here.