April 2nd, 2016
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Balika Vadhu famed actor 24-year-old Pratyusha Banerjee’s suicide once again brings to light the rising number of people who choose to end their lives. This is not the first time we are seeing young telly stars resorting to end their life. Recent history has also witnessed suicides like those of Bollywood actress Jiah Khan, TV actress Kuljeet Randhawa, VJ Nafisa Joseph. Not only celebrities, today, we see youth from different sections is committing suicide. The reason behind people choosing the path of suicide varies from debt to work pressure. All these reports lead to ask a serious question. Is suicide becoming the only choice on hand when you are unable to deal with problems? Let us look at the damning statistics of suicide’s in India and why we as citizens should spread the awareness about it besides keeping in mind that suicide does not end the pain it just passes on to your loved one’s. There are so many people in the world who need care, attention, love, and affection, if you are not able to live for yourself, you can always live for others who need your time.
In the 15 to 29-year age group, suicide is the second leading cause of death globally. As studies indicate, South Korea, Russia, and India lead in suicide rates. In India, about 46,000 suicides occurred each in 15-29 and 30-44 age groups in 2012 – or about 34% each of all suicides.
We all have ups and downs, sometimes it is more than that, that is the point to be alarmed. When your kid, friend, and any person you care is acting differently for quite some time like:
>Crying for no reason. Acting down.
>Not able to sleep. Or sleeps all the time
>Getting mad at anyone. Acting reckless.
>Shutting away friends, no self-care or care for his/her possessions.
>Not bothered about his/her passion, gives up on things he/she loves.
>Too much into drugs and substance abuse.
It may be he/she is going through some hard time, at study, relationship etc. Or it may be he/she really has given up on the world.
We need to address the depression then and there and pull him/her back to life. It is his/her negative self-talk: That no one cares about him/her; this world is not worth living in etc. You need to reach out to him/her saying you care for him/her and others do care as well.
Just one spark of hope can light the dying candle in his/her heart and he/she can be the person you used to know.
Suicide does not kill a person, it is his/her loneliness that does!
Show you care, show you love, talk often, ask questions, make them comfortable, let them tell you what they are going, though, give your helping hand. And make sure none of your loved one gives up on life.
In India, there are much more factors apart from depression, we have abject poverty, social ostracism/pressure, unemployment etc. to add to the cause. Apart from personal care, there must be some measures from the government who can help people. We hear about farmer’s suicide every now and then, if Govt. makes good laws to protect them, we can put an end to the shame that we can’t save the very people who work hard so that we have food on our dinner table.
We have received messages of such cases in past, we aren’t professionals yet we let them vent out the negativity and tried our best to comfort them. So if you or any friends of your’s is going through hard times, just get in touch with us we are here to hold your hand, together we will fight out.
“Be kind, it could make a difference!”