Suicide Is Preventable!

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Every year almost one million people commit suicide and ironically most of them are from European countries, contrary to one’s perception, those people are considered to be wealthy and happy and one wonders why they take their lives?

Submitted: April 07, 2017

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Submitted: April 07, 2017



Every year almost one million people die from suicide and ironically most of them are from the Western countries, especialy Western Europe. That very fact is contrary to the general perception that people living in Western Europe are  quite prosperous, and therefore very happy, and one wonders as to why they take their own lives?

Suicide takes more lives than murder and war put together. There are statistics, analyses, and suggestions, and of course genuine worries to do something to prevent such a dangerous trend and to understand the reasons and drivers behind the fatal tendency. It is estimated that the horrendous figure could rise to 1.5 million a year in the next 13 years.

The situation seems more macabre when we look at the estimated number of people who attempt to take their lives but the attempts fortunately are not successful, and result in injuries and trauma for the person and those around him or her. To our horror, such number runs anywhere between 10 to 20 million each year but there is no reliable data to gauge the extent of this global menace.

So we see the magnitude of the problem now. It is indeed an epidemic and must be controlled before it assumes a shape of its own and transforms into some kind of a cult. Remember, you can sell anything if you know how and more worriedly the misconception that suicide rate tends to increase with age has been proven wrong. 

There has recently been an alarming worldwide increase in suicidal behavior among young people aged 15 to 44, according to the WHO.

It is our utmost responsibility to save our children and elders from such horrific fate, and what a waste indeed!

It is interesting to note that the suicide rate is very low in Muslim, Asian and Latin American societies with the exception of India and China which account for 30 percent of global suicides. If you compare the high rate Vs low rate societies, you can draw your own conclusions but the issue on hand is to initiate the debate, grasp severity of the problem, learn about similarities, identify the motives and drivers and how can the core problems be resolved in order to eventually curb the gargantuan menace. To improve, we need to first measure.

It is always nice to learn and adopt the best practices no matter where they come from.

To me it seems to be more of a communication issue than anything else, and there are various underlying drivers that trigger the suicidal tendency in people. In my view, following are the possible remedies;

* Have absolute faith in God, Humanity, Fraternity, Love, Wildlife, Education, Environment or anything that you believe deserves it. That conviction shows you a clear path to follow and a stark realization that life has a definite purpose.

* The most powerful remedy is to have faith in God, that our stay on this planet is temporary and one must live this life well.

* Try to have a joint family system, if that is not possible then create some kind of a well-connected community group of friends and relative. If even that is an impossible task for you then join such a group but make sure that it is actual a group of people where they meet in person, not a virtual group. Ok, even if that is a problem due to any reason whatsover then join a virtual group.There are apps available that help you build such groups on your compuer or cellphone if you want that, if not, just join any group where you personally know at least some of the members.

* Make a purpose in life. To decide 'what', is your sole prerogative. For example, you may decide that you will give some time of the day or week or the month, to say, creating awareness against wars and manufacture and stockpiling of weapons of mass destruction, to conserve nature, to protect animals from abuse or risk of extinction, or to impart education to those who need it etc.

* Make at least one such friend with whom you can share almost anything, even your darkest secrets.

* Try to be an extrovert, if that is not possible then at least open up and share your worries with others, even if that is a problem then share it with members of serious online discussion forums where you can hide your true identity and find wise, sincere, highly qualified and experienced advisers who can help you without taking any money, so don't miss a free checkup and consultation! And one important advice here, identify the 'sound', or trolls and ignore them.

* Get involved in community work. If it is hard for you to associate with an organization then do it on your own. Clean your area, or organize your house, do dusting, water plants etc. etc.

* Feed animals and birds. Take care of plants. Help people. Respect others.

* Smile often. When you meet people, greet them with a smile. When you speak to someone on the phone, smile. If you are alone, smile.

Is this your life? Did you give it to yourself? So it's not yours, really! It was given to you, right. So you can't take it. Just remember that.

* Exercise regularly and praise yourself often, for your inner and outer beauty.

* Read good literature and try to write, especially poetry.

* Dissolve turmeric (One quarter of a teaspoon) with some black pepper in warm water and drink it early morning, at least three times a week.

* Pray.

Spread optimism, if that will not cure others, it would cure you for sure.


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