Suicide



Suicide takes away 1,12,320 lives in India every year leaving families without bread earners, children without parents and depriving us of our loved ones and friends. We need to take effective steps right now to stop this growing menace.

Suicide is not limited to any specific agegroup, sex or economic background. Human emotions are the same the world over. Pain and feeling are the same but circumstances differ. Despair, pain, anxiety, loneliness and suicide have no geographical boundaries and make no racial distinction. “I cannot go on living with things the way they are” is spoken in every language. Tears need no translation.

Suicidal feelings are not permanent. If a suicidal person is given support for 24 to 72 hours, he can get back to the mainstream of life. Very often, helping the person to ventilate and talk about his innermost fears can alleviate the pain.

SUICIDE IS AN ACT OF DELIBERATELY ENDING ONE’S OWN LIFE

Suicidal behaviour often occurs in response to a situation that the person views as overwhelming such as social isolation, death of a loved one, emotional trauma, serious physical illness, aging, unemployment, financial problems, guilt feelings or dependence on alcohol or other drugs.


Reasons for Suicide

Reasons
  • Feeling there is no hope for the future
  • To get attention
  • Fed up and tired of trying to cope
  • No one cares if they live or die
  • An escape route
  • Excessive use of drugs and alcohol
  • Mental illness
  • Unable to see any alternatives
  • To stop the pain
  • Life seems more terrifying than death

Symptoms

Symptoms
  • Depression
  • Statements or expressions of guilt feelings
  • Tension or anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Impulsiveness
  • Sudden change in behavious, especially calmness after a

    period of anxiety
  • Giving away belongings, attemts to get one’s affairs in order
  • Direct attempts to commit suicide


Myths and facts

At Roshni we understand and listen to you If the going gets difficult, and you feel desperate and alone, you may reach a point when you feel that life is no longer worth living. At this point, we at Roshni try to fill the void by offering support.

Roshni provides a platform for the distresses, depressed and suicidal to ventilate their emotions. Our services are free and confidential – we don’t require your personal details.

You can reach us without any prior appointment.

Myths

Myths
  • People who think about it do not commit suicide
  • Suicidal people are absolutely intent upon dying
  • Suicide happens without warning
  • Once a person becomes suicidal he remains suicidal forever
  • After a crisis, improvement means that the suicide risk is over
  • Suicide occurs mainly in the ppor/rich
  • Suicidal behaviour is a sign of mental illness
  • You are either the suicidal type or you are not

Facts

Facts
  • Most people who kill themselves have given definite warnings of their intentions
  • Most suicidal people are ambivalent about living or dying – they gamble with death but may retain some desire to live.
  • Suicidal people often give indications of their thoughts by words or actions (sometimes before the thoughts have become intentions)
  • Suicidal thoughts may return, but they are not permanent, and in some people they may never return.
  • Many suicides occur in a period of improvement, when the person has the energy and will to turn despairing thoughts into self destructive action.
  • Suicide occurs in all groups of society
  • Suicidal behaviour indicates deep unhappiness but not necessarily mental illness.
  • It could happen to anybody.