Every year, on September 10th, people all around the world mark World Suicide Prevention Day. It’s an important day when we remember that many people are hurting so much that they think about ending their lives. As a psychologist, I want to ask you to join us in helping those who are struggling and show them that there’s hope, care, and support.
Understanding How People Feel
Suicide means when someone feels so sad and hopeless that they think about hurting themselves. It’s a very complicated problem that comes from deep sadness, big worries, and feeling like there’s no way out. We psychologists try to understand why people feel this way to help them.
Getting Rid of the Shame
One big problem is that some people think it’s embarrassing or wrong to talk about feeling sad or worried. We want to change that. As a psychologist, I’ve seen how important it is to be kind and understanding to those who are hurting. It’s not about having all the answers; it’s about being there for someone and letting them know that their feelings matter.
How We Can Help with Care and Friendship
Imagine if, when someone looked sad, we asked them, “Are you okay?” and really meant it. That would be a wonderful world, right? We can make that happen. Just by showing we care, we can give hope to others.
How We Can Tell If Someone Needs Help in suicide prevention
When someone is thinking about hurting themselves, they might show some signs. Here are some things to watch for:
1. Feeling very sad: If someone always seems really, really sad or hopeless, it’s a sign that they might need help.
2. Being alone a lot: When people start avoiding friends and family and being by themselves too much, they might be feeling really bad.
3. Changing how they act: Sometimes, when people feel awful inside, they might start acting differently, like being angry or doing risky things.
4. Giving things away: If someone starts giving away their stuff for no reason, it’s a sign they might be thinking about hurting themselves.
5. Talking about hurting themselves: Sometimes, people will say things like they want to die or that they’re going away forever. When they do, it’s crucial to get help for them.
National Institute of mental health, USA gave Warning signs that someone may be at immediate risk for attempting suicide include:
- Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves
- Talking about feeling empty or hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling trapped or feeling that there are no solutions
- Feeling unbearable emotional or physical pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Giving away important possessions
- Saying goodbye to friends and family
- Putting affairs in order, such as making a will
- Taking great risks that could lead to death, such as driving extremely fast
- Talking or thinking about death often
Why Hope Is So Important in suicide prevention
Hope is like a bright light that helps people keep going even when things are tough. As psychologists, we’ve seen how powerful hope can be. Sometimes, people find hope through talking to someone like me, joining groups with others who understand, or just knowing that someone cares.
How We All Can Help in suicide prevention
Stopping suicide isn’t only something for experts like psychologists to do. We all can make a difference:
- Learn about it: It’s essential to learn what to look for if someone is feeling really sad and needs help.
2.Support programs: We can help by supporting programs that give people the care they need when they’re struggling with their feelings.
3.Be a friend: Let your friends know you’re there for them, even when they’re feeling sad. Make it okay to talk about feeling worried or down.
4. Tell people: We can use our voices and social media to let others know that it’s okay to talk about their feelings and ask for help. Every little bit helps.
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Suicide Prevention Helplines
2. 91-9820466726 . Asara Helpline (India) Hours : 24 hours, 7 days a week Languages : English, Hindi. Our free,confidential helpline is answered by professionally trained volunteers. So, whatever your concerns are, you can be rest assured that you will receive non-judgmental and non-critical listening. Please note, the caller’s identity is never revealed and none of our calls are recorded or shared.
3. Call 988, the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. if you stay in USA.
In Conclusion: Let’s Be There for Each Other
On World Suicide Prevention Day 2023, let’s work together to show that we care and that there’s hope for everyone. Remember, even small acts of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s life. We can help people who are feeling sad or lost and make a world where everyone knows they matter. Join us in this important mission. #WorldSuicidePreventionDay #SuicidePrevention #YouMatter #BreakTheStigma #HopeMatters #MentalHealthMatters #EndSuicide 💛🤝
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