World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 : ‘Don’t Lose Hope’

World Suicide Prevention Day 2018: Focus on more on solutions 

World Suicide Prevention Day is celebrated all across the globe on September 10 to create awareness on mental health. The theme for World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 is ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide’. Shockingly, suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds all across the globe.  You will be shocked to know that every 40 seconds, someone in this world ends his or her life.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2018

A thin line between Hope and Despair

There is a very thin line between hope and despair. Unfortunately, a lot of people walking on it are choosing death over life, and the data is alarming.  The latest report from the World Health Organisation says, ” Every 40 seconds, someone in this world ends his or her life while every third second, one person is attempting suicide.”  Firstly, it is important to spread awareness on Mental Health.

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Symptoms that should be taken seriously

People with suicidal tendencies usually give warning signs such as a feeling of worthlessness, helplessness, mood swings, they often remain disconnected from the social world. These people also often talk about committing suicide. Here are a few symptoms that should be taken seriously:

  1. Excessive Mood Swings
  2. Disturbance in sleep pattern
  3. Loss of appetite
  4. Weight Loss
  5. Not able to remember things

Why do people Kill themselves? (Common Reasons)

  1. Mental illness such as Anxiety,  Bipolar disorder, and depression
  2. A traumatic experience such as war, death, physical abuse, sexual abuse
  3. Social Isolation, Loneliness
  4. Repeated Failures in relationships or career
  5. Existential crisis: When people feel that their life is meaningless and it doesn’t have any meaning.

What can all be done?

Firstly, it is important to teach students about the importance of life right from the beginning. They should be taught about focusing more on solutions rather than problems. We all should try to break the stigma around mental health. Let’s be open and talk about it. Show compassion to people who need it. Spread positivity by making people count their blessings. Apart from it, counseling is another option. Regular counseling can help in preventing suicide.

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