As I sit in front of my laptop trying to think what I can write about Suicide prevention, there are a number of thoughts which cross my mind. We hear things like ‘quitting life is cowardice, living is being brave’ etc but who knows what is going through a person’s mind/life when he/she tries to commit suicide. Maybe he could not carry on, maybe it was hard to carry on.
When I look back there have been numerous times when I have felt like ending my life, so much that I started feeling that maybe I have suicidal tendencies. But then the major point which helped me is everything was not destined to be the way I wanted it to be. Life always has some other plans.
Second, it is not always necessary to win. someone has to lose to appreciate those who have won.
Third, if you have suicidal tendencies. please take help. Confide in your friends, go visit a psychiatrist.
Fourth; We teach children to win, to come first. Teach them also to take life with a pinch of salt. Being competitive is good but being over zealous of winning is not.
Fifth: You may think that your condition is worse but you forget that your condition may have been more worse.
Sixth: Nothing comes easy in this world. the only difference is some struggle more, some less.
I have a simple LSD formula which may help anyone:
Laugh; It does not matter if it is a PJ, laugh. You will see when you laugh even the mountains of despair seem trivial. If you simply cannot laugh, go and join a laughter club.
Share: Share with friends, parents, family. Share what you can with family and if you cannot then share with friends. In this big, bad world there will be definitely someone who will listen to you. And if you are a believer then go and share with God. Don’t laugh you will see how windows are opened and doors are unlocked. I believe that spirituality gives you the confidence and tranquility needed for tough situations.
Discover; Discover moments. Discover opportunities, discover self. You will be amazed at your own resources. When the outside world fails, discover your inner strengths.
I may seem patronizing. You may say, ‘Huh, what does she know of failure. Sitting and typing away is so easy’ but believe me, my dear, I have seen it too. Most of us do. Everyone does not get what he/ she envisaged.
Trivia: It is said that a soul will be hanging upside down on a branch of a tamarind tree in pitraloka. It’s condition will be so horrendous that it will cry out, ‘Please someone give me a body, let me go to bhuloka‘. And if it is lucky a set of parents will decide to give it a body. That is why it is said, “pitro devo bhava’. They are ‘deva’ to have rescued you from such a fate. So when one decides to end life for any reason, think of their position, their trauma. And think of yourself, this time you may not be lucky enough to be hanging on that tamarind tree, your fate may be worse.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day