Today the 10th of september is the World Suicide Prevention Day.
800 000 persons all over the world commit suicide every year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the age 15-29. We need to lower that number drastically.
Suicide (and I’m not talking about euthanasia) is a tradegy for all individuals involved. A life meant to blossom and to be fully lived ends and relatives to the person who commited suicide never recover.
The world Suicide Prevention Day 2016 is working with three temas
Open communication is vital. In many communities, suicide is shrouded in silence or spoken of only in hushed tones. We need to discuss suicide as we would any other public health issue if we are to dispel myths about it and reduce the stigma surrounding it.
Fostering connections with those who have lost a loved one to suicide or have been suicidal themselves is crucial to furthering suicide prevention efforts. Those who have been on the brink of suicide themselves can help us understand the complex interplay of events and circumstances that led them to that point, and what saved them or helped them to choose a more life-affirming course of action. Those who have lost someone to suicide, or supported someone who was suicidal, can provide insights into how they moved forwards on their journey. The sheer numbers of people who have been affected by suicide would make this a formidable network.
All the connecting and communicating in the world will have no effect without the final ingredient – care. We need to make sure that policy-makers and planners care enough about suicide prevention to make it a priority, and to fund it at a level that is commensurate with its significance as a public health problem. We need to ensure that we are caring ourselves. We need to look out for others who may be struggling, and let them tell their story in their own way and at their own pace. Those who have been affected by suicide have much to teach us in this regard.
So if you know about someone that don’t feel well. Take the courage to ask them how they are. Offer your help and listen with compassion.
You can save lives.