Does this topic make you uncomfortable? Far too many people, answer “yes” to this question. If you are one of those, then I ask that you read on. If you have a loved one that is one of those, perhaps you would like to share this article?
Most categorically if ever there was a year to break the stigma and taboo around suicide, then 2020 is it.
I have personal experience here and whilst I don’t need to share the details, I am a survior and advocate, and it’s one of my biggest wishes that as a human collective we can all work together, in ending the stigma.
It is triggering for me to write about suicide, but I feel compelled to…if reading one of my blogs can help just one person, so they are able to have a conversation, that gets someone to reach out, to hold their hand and guide them out of the depths of darkness?
Unless you have been there you truly can not understand how broken, dark and desperate the person is.
Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge — rating yearly amongst the global top 20 causes of death for people of all ages. 800,000 deaths annually equate to one suicide every 40 seconds!
Each and every life lost signifies someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. For each suicide, approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected. This amounts to 108 million people per year who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviour. Suicidal behaviour includes suicide and also encompasses suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. For every suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt, and many more have serious thoughts of suicide.
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. Those that take their own lives represent a mixed group, with individual, complex and multifaceted influences preceding their final act. Such heterogeneity presents challenges for suicide prevention experts. These challenges can be overcome by adopting a multilevel and cohesive approach to suicide prevention.
We can all make a difference, not only on WSPD but in our daily lives, to help prevent suicidal behaviour;
~ Raise awareness, educate yourself and others about the causes of suicide and warning signs.
~ Show compassion and authentic care for those in your network and community.
~ Join the collective to end the stigma associated with suicide, suicidal behaviour and mental health in general.
~ If you feel strong enough and comfortable, share your own experiences.
I do emphasise with this last point, that it is not for the faint-hearted. I have experienced much discrimination myself, this last few years and sadly, it has come from the people I least expected to behave in this manner.
This sort of behaviour may really trigger you, or depending where you are in your journey, it can give you the strength and clarity to really see their true character and instead, surround yourself with the friends that are authentic, compassionate and act with empathy.
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
Lifeline 13 11 14
Beyond Blue 1300 659 467
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
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