Suicide Prevention

Understanding Suicide: Every Life Matters

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I had a high suicidal tendency. I used to self-harm as well. I tried cutting my hand and bleed until my death. I hug myself to a fan. But, Pluckly survived. The best way to prevent is to divert thoughts and spend time with your loved ones. Now I have come out of these thoughts as well as actions. I feel a reason to live, rather than feeling hopelessly helpless and resigning fate. I actually talk to my dad Dy not I am strong enough to face a problem and handle it. H I can't I try to get disappointed. But, the thought of suicide never came back you will. I am happy for this change in my life.

--- Anonymous

“I’m a suicide survivor. Here’s a reminder from me: It can get so dark that you feel completely exhausted, but the times when the sun comes out again is worth it. I want you to live to see those times. Your life in this world is important.” --- Anonymous

"I was in a really dark place. Talking helped me realise things would get better."-- Anonymous

“It’s ok to relapse. It doesn’t mean you’re a failure. Recently, I had gone over a month without self-harming. That’s a big deal for me. But I relapsed this past week. I was so mad at myself for giving in to the thoughts and urges. But I know that isn’t true and have to keep repeating positive statements to myself. I might have given in once, but this is an opportunity to start a new stretch where I can go longer than before!” --- Anonymous

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When life’s difficulties feel beyond our capacity to cope, we can experience extreme pressure. When emotional pain feels unbearable, a person’s thoughts can become clouded. It can lead them to feel as if suicide is the only option. They may feel that no one can help. But why do we fail to feel at least some of those overwhelming pain and extreme, silent cry for help? Or did you ever struggle to believe that you’re wonderful and deserving of a great life?

But the truth is, we are all worth of an amazing life!

What we all need to do to strengthen our hope is to learn, understand and prevent suicides from happening. We can start with knowing what the warning signs of suicide are. And if you think you know someone- a friend, a family member who may be thinking about suicide- Do Not be hesitant to bring it up. You may help in saving a life.

Suicide Prevention: Warning signs of suicide

Sometimes it can be hard to tell when someone goes from depressed to seriously thinking about suicide. That’s because these signs are often subtle… like when you don’t shower for a while, or start isolating yourself from the people you love.

Check out the list below to see if you or someone you know is feeling suicidal.

  • Suicidal threats, both direct ("I want to quit") and indirect saying ("I wish I could go to sleep and not wake up")
  • Feeling depressed, restless, hopeless
  • Aggressiveness and irritability
  • Engage in risky behaviours
  • Negative self-talk
  • Social withdrawal
  • Preoccupied with the thoughts of death
  • Changes in behaviour, sleeping, eating, appearance, thoughts, and /or feelings
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Sudden unexplained happiness.
  • What signs to look out in Teens?

  • Talking or writing about suicide
  • Switching off from social contacts
  • Mood swings
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Feeling trapped or helpless about a situation
  • Changing the normal routine, including sleeping or eating patterns
  • Doing self-destructive or risky things
  • Giving off belongings when there is no other reasonable explanation for why this is being done
  • Exhibiting personality changes or being severely anxious.
  • What signs to see for in Adults?

  • Hopelessness
  • Anxiety
  • Feel reckless
  • Feeling trapped – like there’s no way out
  • Increasing drug or alcohol use
  • Withdrawing from society
  • Unable to sleep or sleep all the time
  • Dramatic changes in the mood
  • Sense of purposelessness in life.
  • If you see any of the above signs in yourself or a loved one- seek help immediately. Call us:- 096111 94949.

    Suicide facts

    Suicide Prevention

    Over 8,00,000 people end their lives by suicide every year worldwide. That means someone in the world is ending his or her life every forty seconds?!

    India loses about approximately 2.3 lakhs people to suicide every year. Also, 70% of the people who attempt suicide have either bipolar disorer and/ or depression. Despite the success rate for depression treatment, 2 out of 3 people affected do not seek out or receive treatment.

    Could you tell if someone is at risk of Suicide?

    There are certain suicide risk factors to know such as-

  • Deliberate self-injury
  • Prior suicidal thinking and behavior
  • Having a family member who have attempted or contemplated suicide
  • Loss of an important relationship
  • Being isolated or alone for a long period of time
  • Having been traumatized or abused
  • Drug and alcohol abuse issues.
  • #Break the Silence - Share Stories and Make a Difference in Someone’s life

    When it comes to preventing suicide, we can all only do the best we can with the tools we have. But, we can work on giving each other more tools, spreading knowledge to help us help each other.

    If you’re struggling now, make sure to read our featured stories below. Also, do share a story here to anyone who’s going through and send something extra love this week.

    Suicide Prevention help- Let’s #BreaktheSilence

    In times like these, self-care is so important. Take a bath or shower if that’s what calms you. If you’re struggling, listen to what your body needs. Take care of yourselves today. Here are a few more things that can help you-

    Talk about your problems

    Problems feel tinier when they are shared with others. They don't perpetually have to be solved - just addressing about it will do you good.

    2. Stay active

    Staying active every day, something as simple as a walk is shown to have a certain impact on your mood.

    3. Avoid drugs and alcohol

    This will have a definite impact on your health and mental wellbeing, doing it easier to cope with day to day challenges and stresses.

    4. Get help. Sometimes you can’t do it alone

    Don’t keep it yourself. Reach out to a psychologist, counselor, teacher, parent or other adult.

    Call us at 096111 94949- we will listen and understand.

    If you know someone who contemplating suicide, here are a few reminders for you-

    Connect with them: Listen, and be accepting. Don't judge their words.
    Confirm: Ask if they have thoughts of suicide
    Protect them: Take any threats they make seriously.
    Stay: Do not leave the person alone you are concerned about being at imminent risk. You might be their lifeline.
    Act: Call for help immediately. Help is Available.

    You are not alone:

    We just want to show support to anyone out there who’s feeling defeated because their mental health is not doing the best right now — and anyone who may be battling suicidal thoughts because of it.

    Maybe you feel like no one understands you, or like you would just be better off not being in this world. We know it all too well. We understand what it feels like when your mental health makes you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders — like you’re drowning.

    When people tell you to just “try harder” and “get over it,” you can feel like a failure because people have no idea how hard you’ve already been trying. We just want to let you know that you’re not a failure, and you’re not a waste of space in this world. You’re human, and sometimes being human means going through things that don’t always feel so great. Please remember that your life matters.

    Suicide Prevention helpline number

    If you or someone you know are feeling suicidal, there is hope. If you’re in crisis or need help right now, you can call our suicide prevention helpline number at 096111 94949 or visit us for help.

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