Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.
KNOW ABOUT IT
Magnitude of the problem Suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for all ages. Every year, nearly one million people die from suicide.
Risk factors Mental illness, primarily depression and alcohol use disorders, abuse, violence, loss, cultural and social background, represent major risk factors for suicide.
Prevention Restriction of access to means of suicide, such as toxic substances and firearms, identification and management of persons suffering from mental and substance use disorders, improved access to health and social services, and responsible reporting of suicide by the media are effective strategies for the prevention of suicide.
WHAT WE AS CITIZENS OF THE WORLD CAN DO?
International Association for Suicide Prevention ( IASP ) works for this cause and have started this campaign. They say that we can a part of the campaign, by lighting a candle near a window at 8 pm today. Although, lighting a candle is only a symbolic act, but let us try to spread the awareness about this cause.
DO YOU THINK YOU NEED HELP?
If you are feeling suicidal or know of someone who needs help, here is the link Help to find a crisis center anywhere in the world. (I was surprised to see that such a network exists, see it to believe it)
Also, for more information on this, you may see the website of World Health Organisation ( WHO )
MY VIEW ON THE ISSUE :
Although, the decision to end one's life is a personal issue, I believe that suicide should not be a called a crime, as is the scenario in India. It should be an individual's personal choice - to live or not to live. The Govt, at least should not have anything to do with it.
However, since a person is born to a family, towards whom he has certain responsibilities, therefore, one should not simply think of death as the death of his body, it is the demise of the dreams and expectations of a whole family, it is the shattering of some one's trust, and it is cowardice to believe that death will solve all problems. You will die, but will give birth to such gloom and so many troubles, that you can only be called a coward.
So, if you have any such thoughts, know it, that every morning is a fresh start of life. However dark the night is, there is always a morning awaiting you. Just talk to a friend, don't kill yourself in silence.
Let us be sensitive towards the people around us, lend an ear to the depressed, extend a hand of support to the one who is drowning in depression and having suicidal thoughts.
AS A BLOGGER
I have submitted my post to Bloggersunite.org to extend my support to the cause, so can you.