September 10, 2016


Today is September, 10 and it is Suicide Prevention day. I have already written on this subject for the April blogging. Today I want to write again for this day.  I believe that each of us can make a difference in the lives of those who are losing and lost hope. I am reposting this post as Suicide is the preventable form of death. You will be surprised to know the following: 
  • Every 40 seconds a person commits suicide in the world.
  • Every 3 seconds a person attempts to die.
  • Suicide is one of the top three causes of death among the young in the age group of 15 – 35 years.
  • Each suicide has a serious impact on at least 6 other people.
  • The psychological, social and financial impact of suicide on the family and the society is immeasurable..
Suicide is a complex problem for which there is no one explanation. There is no single reason why a person commits suicide. Suicide results due to a complex interaction of biological, genetic, psychological, social, cultural and environmental factors. No single factor has gained acceptance as a universal cause of suicide.
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It is also difficult to explain why certain people take this decision while others in a similar, or even worse situation do not. However, most suicides can be prevented. Suicide is now a major public health issue in all countries. Empowering primary health care personnel in identifying, assessing, managing, and referring the suicidal persons in the community is a very important step in Suicide Prevention.
  Some Myths & Facts on Suicide
Myth 1: People who talk about it don’t commit suicide
Fact: Most people who kill themselves have given definite warnings of their intentions
Myth 2: Suicidal people are absolutely intent upon dying.
Fact: Most suicidal people are ambivalent about living or dying; they gamble with death, but may retain some desire to live.
Myth3: Suicide happens without warning
Fact: Suicidal people often give indications of their thoughts (sometimes before the thoughts have become intentions) by words or actions.
Myth 4: Once a person becomes suicidal he remains suicidal forever.
Fact: Suicidal thoughts may return, but they are not permanent, and in some people they may never return.
Myth 5: After a crisis, improvement means that the suicide risk is over
Fact: Many suicides occur in a period of improvement, when the person has the energy and will to turn despairing thoughts into self-destructive action
Myth6: Suicide occurs mainly in the poor/rich.
Fact: Suicide occurs in all groups of society.
Myth 7: Suicide behaviour is a sign of mental illness.
Fact: Suicidal behaviour indicates deep unhappiness but not necessarily mental illness.
Myth8: You are either the suicidal type or you are not and that is it.
Fact: It could happen to anybody.

Suicide Prevention is EVERYONE’S Responsibility

Suicide ALWAYS has warning Signs:

*      Verbal warnings                : The person talks about death/wanting to die/dying
*      Behavioral warnings         : The person behaves differently than they normally do
*      Situational warnings         : Some life situation is causing them extreme stress/worry
Do you know someone who has?

*      Behaved in a different way lately/Is more emotional
*      Has stopped talking or started spending a lot of time alone?
*      Started drinking more or using drugs to deal with feelings?
*      Talked about killing himself or herself, or someone
*      Had something bad happen to them recently
How can you help them?

Use AAA method
Ask: Are you thinking about suicide?
Appeal: Persuade them to stay alive by offering support and listening to them.
Assist: Refer them to Professionals who can help or assist them in getting the help they need
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Suicide Prevention is EVERYONE’S responsibility.

*      If you are in distress or know someone who is, use the AAA method of reaching out to a person.
*      No one expects you to have all the answers-you only need to connect them to people who do.
*      Assist the person by referring them to SAHAYAM-OU Psychological Counseling Center at 040-27682451  (If you are in Hyderabad)

*      If it is an immediate threat contact Sahayam at (040) 27682451 or 90002-34262 or 8978191578 or 9014238697  immediately

*      You can also contact Makro Foundation;040-46004600

*      After hours or on weekends contact the Institute of Mental Health at:  (040) 23814442 or (040) 23813252

Come! Let us make a difference!!

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