Suicide is the act of purposely ending one’s own life. According to the World Health Organization close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Many more attempt suicide. Suicide occurs throughout the lifespan and is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 years old globally.
A 32-year-old female banker attached to one of the new generation banks along market road, Ughelli, Delta State, has committed suicide over her husband’s alleged infidelity.
A university admission-seeker simply identified as Loveth has reportedly committed suicide because she was displeased with the 163 mark she garnered in the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
A young man from Delta State whose lover decided to call it quits took the hard way out by committing suicide are recent cases of suicide.
The act of ending one’s life may seem ludicrous to someone who hasn’t experience suicidal thought. Suicidal thought happens when feelings of hopelessness, isolation, or despair become too heavy to bear and the only means of avoiding the pain is to stop living.
Self-mutilation is deliberately hurting oneself without meaning to cause one’s own death. It includes cutting, scratching, burning (with lit matches, cigarettes or hot, sharp objects like knives), carving words or symbols on the skin, hitting or punching, piercing the skin with sharp objects, pulling out hair, persistently picking at or interfering with wound healing
Causes of suicide
1) Depression:- In psychotherapy and psychiatry, it is a state of mind producing serious, long-term lowering of enjoyment of life or inability to visualize a happy future. Genetics, changes in hormone levels, certain medical conditions, stress, grief or difficult life circumstances are factors of depression.
2)Traumatic Experience:- A victim of any form of abuse or any type of traumatic experience are more likely to end up with post-traumatic stress disorder. PSTD is a mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event, such as physical abuse, sexual assault, warfare, traffic collisions, or other threats on a person’s life.A person with PTSD is at a higher risk for suicide and intentional self-harm.
3)Bipolar disorder:- It is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. People with this disorder find it difficult to maintain friendship and relationship with people due to their mood swing.
4)Drug and alcohol addiction:- Drug and alcohol are short-term relief of pain and grief. Many people use it to avoid feeling of pain, depression or guilt. The addiction is a disease that affects a person’s brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medication. Means of overcoming such addiction may seem futile and suicide can be the only way out.
5)Relationship problem:- People going through breakups, a person in an abusive relationship, betrayal, rejection of lesbians and gays are triggered with the feelings of depression and guilt. The unbearable emotional pain can result to terminating one’s life.
8)Losing hope or the will to live
1)Withdrawal and isolation of one’s self from friends and family
2)Drinks alcohol or takes drugs
5)Bringing up death or suicide in discussions or in writing
6)Change in weight or appetite
8)Lack of interest in previous activities
9)Loss of self-esteem
10)Previous suicide attempts
Ways of avoiding suicide
1)Put off any suicidal thought
2)Pray to the Almighty and read your holy book
3)Call a trusted friend or family
4)Seek professional help
5)Patiently wait for help
6)Don’t resort to a short-term relief i.e drug and alcohol
7)Have and write a safety plan
8)Be safe and Stay away from triggers.
9)Recognize your warning signs
10)Meet and connect with people
11)Find a support system or group
12)Work on loving yourself and existence
14)Cook and eat healthy food
15)Get enough sleep
16)Indulge in activities you like.
17)Focus on the positives of the past.
18)Set some personal goals
19)Work towards the goals
20)Most importantly believe in yourself.
I’m not in support of suicide cause it actually not good, I mean when faced with difficulties leaving the world is not the best option, have you ever thought about what the world after death looks like and most importantly suicide is a sin. I just don’t get comfortable with how people criticize or belittle people who commit suicide or attempt.
Why not stop being judgemental and reach out to someone who needs help.
To anyone out there suffering from depression and having suicidal thought I want you to know any difficulty you’re facing now is just for a short time embrace the season for through it you’ll find light and your life is worth living. Don’t be a coward face and fight your fear or pain cause you’re strong and loved.