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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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?

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 behind this 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 / her. To your 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, you 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 proven wrong as there has recently been an alarming worldwide increase in suicidal behaviors amongst young people aged 15 to 25 according to WHO.

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

It is interesting to note that suicide rate is very low in Muslim, Asian and Latin American societies. 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 menace. To improve, we must 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 my view, following are the remedies;

a) Have absolute faith in something, God, humanity, fraternity, love, wildlife, environment anything that you believe deserves it

b) 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 an actual where people meet in person, not a virtual group.

c) Make a purpose in life, whatever, 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 or to protect animals etc.

d) Make at least one such friend with whom you can share almost everything, even your darkest secrets.

e) 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!

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

Cheers!


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