World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD)
World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is observed every year on 10th September. The aim of this day is to create awareness among people about the fact that suicide can be prevented. This year the theme of the event is 'Connect, Communicate, Care’. It is very essential for us to connect, communicate and care for people who have suicidal tendencies.
According to WHO
Suicidal tendency generally happens when feelings of loneliness, depression, hopelessness become too heavy to bear. You might feel so burdened with pain that the only way to ease out that pain appears to be “Suicide”.
You can help yourself by following these simple steps:
It is our moral responsibility as individuals to connect, communicate and care with the person who has suicidal thoughts.We can help by following some preventive measure such as:
Common myths related to suicide:
Myth-People just talk about attempting suicide actually they do not mean to do it.
Fact- People contemplating suicides generally are under depression or experiencing problems and they feel that there is no other option.
Myth- Most of the suicides occur suddenly without any warning.
Fact- Some suicides happen without warning but most of the time the suicides have been preceded by warning signs, it can be verbal or behavioral.
Myth-only people suffering from mental disorders are having suicidal tendency.
Facts-Suicidal behavior indicates that the person is not happy but not necessarily mental disorder. There are many people with mental disorders but are not affected by suicidal behavior and all people who attempts suicide doesn’t mean they have mental disorder.
Myth- Speaking about suicide is not a good idea and it can be understood as an encouragement.
Facts- Most of the people who are contemplating suicide need someone to speak to. Talking to them openly can help them to overcome the situation.