September is Suicide Prevention Month and it is a crucial time for people who are battling severe depression, because it is an opportunity for them to be reminded that there is always another option than suicide to resolve matters.
A World Health Organization report reveals that more than 800,000 people resort to suicide every single year, which makes it a major cause of death worldwide. But the situation is actually even more complex, because these 800,000 people are only the ones who have succeeded in taking their own lives.
There are many more suicide attempts that occur every year that end up being unsuccessful and taking these into consideration would lead to a far larger number of people who are affected by this condition.
This is actually the first stigma that people who are battling psychological disorders and who are contemplating suicide have to deal with, because the vast majority of people tend to minimize the importance of mental disorders.
Furthermore, most people don’t even regard them as actual diseases, but the number of people that die every year alone should be reason enough to take suicide seriously.
The most important aspect that people contemplating suicide need to be reminded of is that it is actually worth talking about their problems with somebody, because that just might be the first step on the path towards salvation.
Getting caught up in problems is easier than people imagine and when there is a lack of communication, these problems can get augmented to massive proportions and the situation can end up seeming without any possible solution, all except suicide, that is the universal way out.
However, reminding people that taking a step back and reevaluating the situation might lead to another solution than taking their own lives might make a difference and it could actually be the difference between life and death.
There is hot-line that people can call when they feel overwhelmed by grief, sorrow and hopelessness, where there is always somebody willing to take the time to listen to them. The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and it is something worth trying, when all else fails.
Another aspect regarding suicide that is worth mentioning is the fact that it is preventable and that communication is the key to holding on another day, and then another, until the problems that seemed unsolvable are shrunk down to their actual size, so that there is room for finding a solution.
Since September is the month dedicated to assessing this issue, it is the perfect time for people to learn about the common causes that lead to suicidal thoughts and about the other options that might make things better, other than putting an end to life.
And it is not only the people who are currently having suicidal thoughts that should learn about the complexity of this condition. This is a matter that the general public needs to be aware of, so that they are ready to act in the event that somebody in their lives goes through it, or if they find themselves trapped in their minds at some point.
Furthermore, witnessing suicide in a family member, a friend or a loved one is a traumatic event that can greatly affect people. Taking the time to talk to somebody about the aftermath of suicide is extremely important, because this could make coping with it much easier.
Suicide claims more victims than those who actually commit the act itself, and these people need to understand that they have the right to ask for assistance in such moments.
So this month it is worth contemplating the vast proportions of suicide and taking the time to comprehend its complexity, because whether people are able to acknowledge it or not, suicide is an extremely grave condition and being aware of the means to manage it can make all the difference in the world.
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