What if Suicide is not the only solution? A Suicide Prevention initiative.
I recently posted about my Photo A Day Experiment (PADE), hosted in collaboration with Sfurti from Just A Mom, and was supposed to announce the themes next. However, I came across the Bloggers Social Responsibilty(BSR) campaign on BlogAdda(started circa 2011), a directory of Indian Blogs, today. I thought it was a wonderful initiative and that I should do my bit.
I chose to support the NGO – SAHAI helpline for suicide prevention and emotional distress out of all of them because the idea appealed to me instantly.
Have you ever wondered about how many people are scared of death? How many people die everyday and how many of those were suicides? Honestly I have. I follow news sparingly but whenever I start reading, I always come across news of suicides from all around the world.
So many people admit about their fear of death and there are literally thousands who walk into its mouth deliberately everyday!
One thing common in those suicides is that no one around the victim has an idea that (s)he is suicidal. Everyone claims that (s)he was a normal person and did not show many signs of severe depression, not to the extent of wanting to take their own lives.
So why do people commit suicides?
There is not a single answer to this question but if you look closely, there is one factor that is usually common in all of the cases – the dread of a hopeless future.
The increased number of suicide cases amongst teenagers indicates that the reasons they took the extreme step ranged from failing in a test, getting dumped by a lover, not feeling loved or in general no hopes for good future.
And most of these victims never tried to express their concerns to anyone, making it difficult to avert suicides.
It will be unfair to say that it takes courage to take your own life
the people who committed (or tried to commit) suicides are cowards
No one knows their situation and what goes on in their minds. We need to empathize with them because only they know their story and their reasons.
We can only say that by showing a ray of hope to people with suicidal tendencies, we can avert such tragedies from occurring in our neighbourhoods.
Or what id someone could listen to them patiently, without judgement and offer some counselling? What if someone could tell them that there is a future and death is not a solution?
That is where the NGO,SAHAI, I’m supporting through Blogadda comes in.
Activity: Started on 2nd Oct 2002, SAHAI is Bangalore’s telephone helpline for people in emotional distress. Our dedicated, trained volunteer counselors are available to answer your calls between 10.00 a.m. & 6.00 p.m., from Monday through to Saturday.
All calls are confidential and privacy is assured.
Whether it is facing problems with your family, in school, at work or with your friends, Sahai Counselors will give you their undivided attention and will guide you. And, when you’re ready, SAHAI will help you find a long-term solution to your problems, through telephone counselling. SAHAI volunteers will help and equip you with the skills needed to cope with distressing situations of life like loss, failure, broken relationships or the ever-increasing demands of today’s fast-paced life.
SAHAI volunteers are homemakers, professionals and college students – people from all walks of life who are committed to saving lives. SAHAI volunteers undergo 30 hours of suicide prevention training conducted by professionals from NIMHANS and the Medico Pastoral Association, along with Rotary Bangalore East, three of the helpline’s founding partners.
Volunteers are trained to help each caller ventilate, to respond without judging, and to guide the caller to address their problem. Volunteers learn how to listen pro-actively, and to recognize and assess signs of stress and depression.
Details: India’s first suicide prevention helpline we are pioneers in telephone counselling in Bangalore.
Support: Suicide prevention and emotional distress telephone helpline.
Note: Public awareness, more volunteers and funds to raise awareness.
I am exercising my BSR. You can too with three simple steps. Visit http://www.blogadda.com/bsr/ and support the NGO’s.
* There are not many suicide-prevention helplines in India. We need more initiatives like this.