Over one million people die each year by committing suicide, implying on average one person dies every 40 seconds around the world. The suicide rates have seen unprecedented spikes in the past decade. With the recent and sudden deaths of popular figures like DJ Avicii, Chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade, suicide has become a prominent crisis that has been brought to the limelight.
Suicide is a growing problem that isn’t getting enough attention from the society. It is ignored in favour of other problems due to it being a mental health issue. Teens are more likely to fall prey to such issues as well as less likely to ask for help. The growth of nuclear family has made victims of depression unable to ask for help and drive them to social media.
The growth in frequency of suicides requires for the public to be able to identify a cry for help from their family and friends. Suicide can be prevented only if the correct and swift actions are taken.
Swedish DJ Avicii(née Tim Bergling) was found dead on April 20th, having cut himself with a broken wine bottle. A statement released by the family stated, “Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. An over-achieving perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress,” the statement reads. “When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most – music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, and Happiness. He could not go on any longer.”
This is a common issue seen among suicidal individuals; they fail to understand their place in the world and start to question whether or not their absence would matter. Several victims of depression fail to realize their condition and falsely believe it to be sadness. This prevents them from seeking help and receiving the proper treatment. It is important to spread awareness among people to not only enable them to identify someone else in need but themselves as well.
Most common symptoms of depression include not going out of the house, a sense of lethargy, not completing tasks, withdrawing from family and friends, alcoholism, drug abuse and inability to concentrate. If you can identify these symptoms in someone you know or yourself it is important for you to seek help. Medication and therapy can help in preventing suicide.
It is necessary to spread awareness among people and de-stigmatize mental health issue. A sensitive environment wherein the public is accepting of mental health problems to be as severe as they are can provide the victims to come to terms with their issue and seek the necessary treatment.