Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.
The sad truth in today’s society is that people are less happy. Think about it, in a civilized world, there are many wars to fight, and we’re not even talking about Syria here — every day is a war of work, responsibilities, and stress, among other things.
People spend so much time online — in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram — that they forget the importance of family and friendship. How often have you been in the company of your friends with one ear on the conversation, and one on the silent rantings on the internet? When was the last time you were just with friends without the need to tell the world where you are, who you’re with, and with your mind just there with the company you have?
The irony in this age is that there are more ways to communicate, but people forget how to communicate effectively.
And bad communication lines lead to misunderstandings and feelings of abandonment and sadness.
And that’s just wrong.
When was the time you were sincerely interested how a friend was doing — no Facebook, no Twitter, no Instagram sessions for random rants, whining, or posting pictures?
Because that is the reason why these days, so many people are depressed: they have a lot of friends, but very few who they are willing to talk to, or go to, and fewer still who are willing to listen.
The sad part is that most people think that depression is a disease that is a taboo for conversation — it should not be talked about.
This is a lie.
In fact, it is something that should be talked about.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 350 million people suffer from depression, and they come from all ages, genders, and status in life. It is a leading cause of disability. More women than men are affected by depression.
So why talk about depression when it’s suicide prevention day?
This is because 2/3 of those who are depressed do not seek help, and at its worse, untreated depression leads to suicide.
For people 15-24 years of age, suicide is the third leading cause of death.
And the sad part? Depression is treatable, but only few people are able to find help.
So, this week, for National Suicide Prevention Week, and today, for Global Suicide Prevention, I have a message for each and everyone of you:
Please stay alive. You matter.
You are loved.
For more information about depression and suicide, please go to these web sites: