Reader Discretion Advised : Suicide !
Ding Dong ! Sir, Milk. Ding Dong, Ding Dong ! Sir, doodh lelena darwaze pe rakh diya hai(Sir, take your milk packets. I kept it near the door). Unfortunately, the milk packets were still there when milkman came to deliver the milk packets next day. Ajeeb log hain(Strange people) ! He said that and went back. He didn’t know that the owner of the house was no more. The owner of the house was a big businessman and he shot himself in the head because of depression. He left a note on his desk which read ‘”Everything was so dark”, I couldn’t take it anymore. There seemed to be no light at the end of the tunnel and when there was, it seemed like a train coming ! Alcohol got me out of that dark place for moments at a time. Even on sunniest day with everyone around me, everything was dark. So, I kept drinking because it kept me happy for at least a short period, until one night when that drink also didn’t help me and the train in the dark tunnel seemed to be closer to me than ever before. All I wanted was peace. Everyone used to tell me to do something fun or have a goal in life which I can look forward to. But trust me when you don’t have support of someone who can genuinely help you and all the walls are closing in around you it can be very challenging. I felt worthless, confused, angry and tired. I just wanted all the pain to go away and I killed myself.’
Okay, so this is just one story. If we look at the statistics to see the reality of depression and suicide, rates of suicide in the UK as of 2021 are around 15.4 suicide deaths per 100,000 men and 5.7 suicide deaths per 100,000 women. This truly is a great pandemic. So what is the reason ? It’s not because of
lack of care in this world but being unable to handle life. Being unable to handle stress in life. Feeling that I need to be someone that I am not. Showing everything is fine when I am literally dying inside. Not able to take care of ourselves, well how can you take care of others when you can’t take
care of yourself ? The thing is people with suicidal thoughts actually doesn’t want to kill themselves. They want to kill part of themselves that’s causing them all the pain.
From today, write a list of 2 reasons to live. The next day write down 2 more. Do that for 50 days until you have a list of 100 reasons to live. Carry them with you always. Whenever you have a suicidal thought or a negative thought, pull out that list and pick one or two to focus on. Another thing is ask 5 people in your life a good quality about you. Keep them with you and refer to them when negative thoughts come into your mind. It would also be a good idea to get professional help to correct your negative thoughts into positive ones.
Even though we have food in our bellies and roof over our head, we always need that hug in challenging times. So, make relations. Talk to people. Doesn’t matter if he is a milkman !
Need Help? Contact a suicide hotline if you need someone to talk to.
If you have a friend in need of help, please encourage that person to contact a suicide hotline as well.
In general, if you’re outside the US, numbers for your country are here: Help a friend – Befrienders Worldwide. You can also e-mail email@example.com to talk to someone or go to http://www.samaritans.org/how-we… to speak with someone.
- United States
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Para Española, llama al 1-888-628-9454.
Locate a crisis center in your area and at The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (link to: https://suicideprevention.ca/nee…). For youth under 20, you can call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868.
Visit AASRA or call their 24/7 helpline at +91-22-27546669 or +91-22-27546667. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- UK 116 123 (to reach the Samaritans in the UK)
- France (33) 01 46 21 46 46
- Australia 13 11 14