I am tired…. I don’t think I can do this anymore…”
These lines are words that can proceed from people who are in distress.. They are often not looking for specific advice. They exhibit signs of hopelessness, rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge, acting reckless or engaging in risky activities – seemingly without thinking, feeling trapped like there’s no way out, increased alcohol or drug use, withdrawing from friends, family & society, anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time and dramatic mood changes.
It takes work to prevent suicide. The positive benefits of this work are infinite and sustainable and can have a massive impact. The work can affect not only those in distress but also their loved ones, those working in the area and also society as a whole. We must endeavor to develop evidence based suicide prevention activities that reach those who are struggling in every part of the world. Joining together is critical to preventing suicide.
Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge. Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds. Suicide is the result of a convergence of genetic,psychological, social and cultural and other risk factors, sometimes combined with experiences of trauma and loss. People who take their own lives represent a heterogeneous group, with unique, complex and multifaceted causal influences preceding their final act.
Everyone can make a contribution in preventing suicide.
This year is the first #WSPD with the theme “Working Together to Prevent Suicide.” This theme according to the International Association for Suicide Prevention will be retained for WSPD in 2019 and 2020. This theme was chosen as it highlights the most essential ingredient for effective global suicide prevention- collaboration. We all have a role to play and together we can collectively address the challenges presented by suicidal behavior in society today.
Taking a minute to reach out to someone in your community – a family member, friend, colleague or even a stranger – could change the course of another’s life.
Please #YouCanTalk – to trusted people, family, work colleagues, group members. You’re not alone!
Let’s learn to ask “Are you ok?