Article I; Series: ‘We are Here‘
Alas! I’m finished I’m gone,
Everything I cherished has forgone;
No one is left to love me anymore,
I’m left with no option but to be no more………..
This is how a person committing suicide fills up his food for thought. His complete mindfulness resides in the emptiness of his life. He thinks himself to be no more useful to anyone and is completely depressed in life. He is completely shattered and devastated consequential to nothing but ending his life.
Close to 8, 00,000 people die due to suicide every year worldwide* as they are doomed because they forget that:
- Life is beautiful
- One must live life in such a way that life itself has a crush on him/her.
- Failure is not the opposite of success but a part of it
- We fall, we break, we fail but we rise, we heal, we overcome
- Challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds* but keep in mind, if life were predictable it would cease to be life and it would be without flavor.
Life fails to be perfect but never fails to be beautiful………
79% of global suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries* but there are survivors who have admitted that suicide was not the right way; listing of suicide survivors is abundant:
At 31, the famous Mickey Mouse creator felt overwhelmed by life and attempted suicide via a combination of drugs and alcohol. He, very fortunately, survived the near catastrophe and continued developing Disney into the modern marvel it is today.
The star Owen Wilson who we all know on screen as a man full of life actually suffered for years with drug addiction and depression. In 2007, he nearly lost his life after attempting suicide by cutting his wrists. His family was not especially surprised at the near loss, as they had attempted to help him cope with his issues for years. However, the “Zoolander” star recovered with grace after the incident and continues to work in the film industry.
Princess Diana of Wales
Princess Diana was allegedly way more stressed out by Prince Charles than we would ever lead to believe before. She told an interviewer that she once attempted suicide by throwing herself off a flight of stairs while pregnant with baby William due to how distraught she was by Prince Charles’ treatment of her.
Now a famed promoter himself, the once thug became a heavyweight champion who struggled with drugs in the aftermath of his boxing career. He blames his promoter for manipulating and using him for money, leading to his suicide attempt at the low of his life. As a promoter, he now uses his low point to strengthen his own goals and promises to not repeat his promoter’s abuse.
Oprah suffered near-tragedy long before her success as a billionaire caretaker of America when she attempted suicide after a long struggle as a victim of abuse. At 14, she consumed bleach after becoming pregnant.
When these survivors could make their lives miraculous; our youth which is exuberant and educated like never before; Can’t they be revolutionary, reshaped and be soaked in healthy roots?
Can’t we be the initiators in bringing change in people’ lives ?
WHO recognizes suicide as a “public health priority.” and that is why on World Suicide Prevention Day i.e. September 10th, 2019, WHO in collaboration with global partners, has launched the 40 seconds of action campaign to raise awareness of suicide around the world and methods of prevention. Campaign efforts will continue throughout till 10th October on World Mental health Day, with suicide prevention as this year’s theme.
Above all the chaotic clouds of melancholy and malevolence, I have a strong conviction that if the sufferers are treated with right and empathetic care, support, benevolence, love and mindfulness they can come out of this traumatic mental state. A healthy and positive mental attitude can resolve the devastating dilemma that is ruining a section of the society that should rather be treasured.
Rabindra Nath Tagore once dreamt of the country that would be without fear
“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.”
The dream of such a country can be realized if one of the deadly reasons of death is removed from the country………….
I would modestly urge everyone to kindly extend their cooperation in making our country a” suicide free zone.”, where the mind is without fear.
“We are here”
* According to UN news, WHO’s key facts about suicide
Dr. Meetu Kumar
(Astt. Prof.- Communication & Soft Skills)
Department of Humanities & Social Sciences