10th September is observed as World Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide cases are on the rise in recent years due to reasons that need to be minimised to ensure good mental health.
On 10th September, organisations like the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) organise various events to promote and conduct activities for spreading awareness about suicide. With the increasing number of suicide rates, let’s look at the leading causes leading to such tragedy:
There are over 350 million people who suffer from depression all across the world. Low self-esteem is a huge contributor. Everyone sets targets for themselves and failing to complete them can demoralise them and make them question themselves. Family issues are also undeniably a great cause for mental stress. Resorting to alcohol and other drugs seems an easy solution to let go of the stress. But again, this has disastrous effects which ultimately lead to addiction and contribute towards isolation from friends and family.
- Peer Pressure
Peers fulfil an essential social requirement everyone has. But their impact can go wrong at times. In a competitive environment, not being able to do what one’s peers do or not achieving something as worthy as one’s peers can inject a sense of low morale in oneself. The thought of not doing something worthwhile terrorises the mind and harms mental health.
- Cyber Bullying
Cyber bullying cases have intensified with the rise of the internet’s popularity where over 25% of teens have reported to being repeatedly bullied over the internet. In recent times, there has been an outburst of suicidal cases due to a game called “The Blue Whale Challenge” which targets teens. The challenges include tasks like carving a whale on one’s body and causing self-harm. Eventually, the last challenge of the game requires the person to commit suicide.
- Relationship Issues
Being in a relationship is seen as a very normal part of social life today. However, deep attachment to one’s partner and the inability to cope with conflicts induce a great degree of pain that encourages self-harm and even suicide. Such cases make a person’s mind fragile, exposing the individual to suicidal thoughts eventually resulting in suicide.
But amidst all the mental chaos, we must not forget that we have been blessed with the gift of life and that we should rejoice in it. Talking to friends or family members can lessen our burden and also help us find solutions to any problems. Sports, games, music, debates etc. help us in keeping our minds healthy. Hanging out with friends or reading books may help too. Doing social work helps us feel satisfied and fills us with joy. There are adequate ways to cope and solve mental issues that trouble us. We must face them and overcome such hurdles. So this September, let’s smile and spread smiles to let people know that we care.
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