Suicide Prevention : One world connected

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The tragic suicide news of Robin Williams a couple of months back shocked fans world over. It was disturbing to hear that a talented and famous Actor like him, decided to end his life ?  According to sources, depression was the cause of his untimely death. It’s shocking to know that a person with  family, wealth and fame can think of ending his life ? Did he feel that he had no one to turn to ? 

This incident brings to light the seriousness of suicide and it’s harmful effects. The sad part is anyone can be a victim – the poor, the rich, the famous, man, woman, teenager and even a child. It’s a serious health problem that can strike anyone at anytime. It leaves it’s lasting effects on the victim’s family, friends and relatives. The effects last a life time.

Today is the 10th of September and we are utilizing this day to, create awareness on the subject, and various activities are being conducted world over to highlight the problem. World health organization and the International Association for suicide prevention ( IASP ) are co sponsors for the event.  The theme for this year is Suicide prevention : One world connected. I loved the the theme of the event this year because, it has paid emphasis to the word ‘ Connected ‘.  Don’t we humans feel the need to be connected ? To feel connected to ourselves, our family, our friends and the world ?It gives us a sense of belonging.

According to WHO’S report Preventing suicide : A global imperative – a person who feels connected to the world through family, friends,religion and society is less likely to commit suicide than someone who feels isolated or alone.

We as a society are partial contributors to the rising number of suicide cases in India. We form rigid rules and set very high standards for our generation to follow. And when youngsters are unable to fulfill the society’s and family’s expectations, they feel unworthy and guilty. They opt to end their lives to be free from the pain and anguish. 

It’s said that for every one male attempt there are three female attempts at suicide. This indicates that women are more vulnerable and succumb to this disease. This is probably because we have high demands and expectations from the women folk. In India, especially women are expected to fulfill all their duties faithfully and they would be blamed for every wrong thing that happens to them.

They are expected to be good daughters, good mothers, good wives and perfect daughter-in-laws. Women are failed to be seen as human beings.  In India domestic violence is one of the main factors for female suicides. Male attempts at suicide is high in India, and almost all the cases are successful. According to stats the suicide rates in southern states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala are much higher.

Depression is the major cause of suicides. Timely help and treatment can prevent people from falling victims. The good news is that people who seek help in the form of therapy and medications from Psychotherapists and counsellors can lead a happy and holistic life in the future. One shouldn’t hold back while feeling low. Seeking help and support from our family, friends, relatives or our therapists can bring great relief. It’s better to find our way out from the pit of depression, before getting consumed by it completely. There is nothing more valuable in this world, than our own lives.

Even in our own families much emphasis must be paid to mental health and an environment must be created where family members feel free to discuss their complications. Being healthy means also being mentally healthy.  Individuals who are brought up and who live in a warm,supportive and a friendly environment will never opt to end their lives because they already have a strong support system.

Unfortunately, there are many families, where the family members hold grudges against one another. There is so much indifference, coldness and uninvolvement that sometimes the troubled family member, doesn’t know whom to turn to when they are caught up in a difficult situation.

People who are isolated socially are at a greater risk of committing the act. We need to reach out and connect with those who are in this position. Social isolation leads to depression. It’s essential to maintain strong bonds by the way of friendships, bonds with family members and relatives.  We could also be part of like minded communities and groups. It’s also said that people who are religious or spiritual in nature generally don’t choose to commit suicide.

A supportive and well connected community of family, friends and relatives is essential in today’s fast paced life. We all need each other in some way. Let’s encourage rather than demotivate. There is still a huge amount of stigma associated with the issue, that needs to be ended. It’s time we learn and share whatever information we can on suicides and create awareness, as life is valuable. It needs to be cherished.

 This post is written for Write tribe’s voices for suicide prevention #suicideprevention and the 100 voices for suicide prevention.

Exploring Blogger’s Block !

 

writer's blockWhen I first entered the world of writing, I was not aware that a term called ‘ Blogger’s block’ or ‘ Writer’s block’ ever existed. But now I think it does exist. May be the writer’s block is just another name of laziness. That I’m not sure of and I’m yet to figure this out. According to Wikpedia,  the definition of writer’s block is –  ” a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work “.

There are times when my mind goes blank on what to write. The flow of words are not easy. If it’s one of those favourite  topics that I’m familiar with, then the flow of words is much easier.  If I take a long break from writing, then getting back requires effort.

Normally I lose interest in writing only if I’m distracted by external events. In that case what  steps do I take when I’m faced with the writer’s block ?

I’ve listed three things that I normally do to get back into the world of writing.

* Take a quick break – Taking a break helps me to streamline my thoughts and then get back with much more energy and enthusiasm. A teeny weeny break is a must for me. It could mean just having a quick round of a hot cup of tea/coffee, or watching one of my favourite movies on television.

* Watching television talk shows – Watching television talk shows increases my overall knowledge on current affairs, social issues and the Indian political scene. These talk shows give me plenty of issues and content to ponder and write about.  It’s also quite interesting to watch people discuss on various topics and hear their viewpoints.

* Reading and writing –  It becomes easy to pen down words if one reads and writes on a daily basis. That has worked for me. I even love reading short articles in magazines and websites that are informative and catchy. The only challenge here is to take out time to pen down the words. Especially it’s quite daunting for people who are working out for long hours.

* Listening to music – Listening to music is therapeutic. It also keeps me motivated. Not a day goes by without music.

Writer’s block can be challenging at times and I think most writers go through this phase due to various reasons.  I’d love to know your views on the writer’s block and the steps you take to combat it.

This post is written for Write Tribe’s Exploring the blogger’s block.

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She looked most beautiful

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Her close family and friends dressed her up in red and gold. The long gold earrings gently dangled on either side of her soft face. The red lehenga hugged her slim figure perfectly.

She conveyed to one of her friends ” I’m getting nervous. The time to leave is coming near.”  Her friend tried to calm her anxious nerves.

Today was the day she was getting married. She had to start a new journey and she had to travel an unknown path that she had never traversed before. 

She was deaf to the noise, the hustle bustle and the chaos that was surrounding her.  She sat in her room, ready to leave any minute to take her vows.

Sitting in her room, she stared outside through the window and she could see the leaves swaying to the gentle breeze. Strange thoughts flashed through her mind. As the gentle breeze gushed into her room through the window and brushed her tender face, she felt a calm and peace within.

One of her cousins came running into her room. ” It’s time to leave, ” she said. While she arose and gracefully walked to begin her new journey, she looked most beautiful.

This post is in response to write tribe’s  Wednesday’s prompt – She looked most beautiful.

History repeating itself

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Kevin was so thrilled to see his talented twenty year old son Ronan, perform live on stage amongst thousands.

The occasion sent him down memory lane. He recollected a day when he accompanied his little son to a  sweet shop. While stepping out  Ronan’s attention was grabbed by a steel waste bin. He spontaneously began playing drums on it.  Kevin was taken aback, because it was his dream to become a musician which was not fulfilled.

Today his son was a famous vocalist and drummer. Ronan  had fulfilled his father’s  dream.  A proof that history had yet again repeated itself.

This fictional post is written for write tribe 100 words on Saturday in response to the picture prompt provided by lovely Vidya Sury

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