There comes a point in our lives that the world seems so big that it eventually gets sad and lonely no matter what situation or position one has.
Credits to you, the people who have had the guts to share real stories, true or not not, in some way you have made the internet and the world a little brighter for some of us.
It’s always interesting, and sometimes infuriating, to see the conversations that take place following a suicide. Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds.
just recently someone Rich died and it appears that he committed suicide and people post his last moments on social media. While many people are completely stunned today, a familiar dialogue has already begun on social media.
“I just saw a video of him laughing two days ago. Surely, something must have happened. He seemed too happy to kill himself.” “Why would he commit suicide? He was rich and famous!”
It makes complete sense to anyone who has ever descended into the dark abyss of depression and anxiety. They’ve seen the disbelief, incomprehension and judgement from people around them first hand. They’ve lived through the inexplicable moments when their world has been filled with both joy and despair, simultaneously.
The living, those who continue to battle these emotional demons, have spoken the words, described the pain and bravely reached out for help — but, too often, there is a lack of understanding or compassion. This has to end.
Suicide Growing Issue
In fewer than two decades, the rate of suicide has increased by more than 30 percent worldwide
Further, a recent study looked at the lives of more than 20,000 adults. The results were heartbreaking. Among other revelations, it found that 46 percent of respondents felt alone either sometimes or always and that 43 percent felt that their relationships were meaningless. Even more devastating — 27% rarely or never felt as though there are people who really understand them.
Behavioral scientist Deborah Stone, explains, “Suicide is a problem that is impacted by so many factors. It’s not just a mental health concern. There are many different circumstances and factors that contribute to suicide. And so that’s one of the things that this study really shows us. It points to the need for a comprehensive approach to prevention.”
Reflect on Your Role
If you’re watching all of this unfold around you and are feeling helpless, you’re not alone. Many can relate. As this continues to become more common, don’t allow yourself to become complacent. In this age when we are overloaded with information on our phones all day every day, it’s easy to move on to the next story — but we have to do more.
Think about how you respond to people in emotional crisis. Are you listening to understand? Are you putting yourself in their shoes? Are your opinions about their situation clouding your ability to provide support? As a collective, we need to do better.
We can fight this together.
No one should ever feel alone. We have to unite as allies to fight this darkness together. We can change the narrative by creating a culture of compassion. We don’t have to understand the specifics of someone’s journey to show empathy and love. If you have anyone suffering from depression or even you lets chat.
YOU ARE LOVED AND YOU ARE LOVE XX