World Suicide Prevention Day 2018: An Appeal.

He was a good man. I remember how he was always ready to help whoever he could. He was a good man. He is dead now. I had never seen a kinder soul. I always pictured him with a smile. Once, I was in serious need of money and he didn’t think one second before taking his wallet. He was a good man. Now he is dead. I wonder why he took his life.

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Last year I had talked about the misconceptions of suicide and the deadly Blue Whale Challenge. Today I wish to talk about something simpler than that. I am not going to throw any numbers at you. Neither am I going to tell you facts from scientific researches. Today’s post is going to be appeal right from my heart.

Why do we not say what we feel/think?

As the story above portrayed, why don’t we tell people what we think about them; when they can hear it? Why do we have to wait until something huge happens before we can say something we think?

People die by suicide every day. They reach a level of misery and self-hatred that they believe dying is easier than living. We end up hearing eulogies talking about how amazing they were, about how kind they were and how widely loved they were. Why don’t we give the people we are talking about a chance to hear that? Why are we so afraid of complimenting someone?

We think a lot about the people around us. We have an opinion about every one of them but we hardly ever say it. Why? Is it because they didn’t ask for it? People don’t usually ask for compliments, at least not directly. I would actually understand if you have a negative opinion of someone. We are afraid of criticizing others but why are we afraid of complimenting people?

Sometimes one bit of positivity can change a terrible day into a better one. We are afraid of what the other person would think of us and thus we stop ourselves from saying anything. We need to stop doing that.

Say what you feel.

It could actually save a life. Maybe not directly but it will be a ray of positivity in a dark pit.

Saving lives doesn’t always have to be about running into a burning building and pulling someone out. You don’t have to be a doctor to save a life either. Sometimes it could be as simple as saying,

“You’re a good man.”

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22 Replies to “World Suicide Prevention Day 2018: An Appeal.”

  1. I so agree with this. A lot of unfortunate deaths (not just suicides) can be avoided if we acknowledge people and give them credit where its due. One positive word or thought is enough!

  2. Thanks for writing on this subject. I had lost one of my friends to suicide so know the pain. This topic needs to be talked openly, Its very disheartening to see teenagers or even kids commiting suicide these days.

  3. That is a heartfelt appeal. Suicide I have heard is mostly because of a momentary feeling of desperation or sadness. And most often if someone is around to help the person in distress it will pass. But many a time it is too late and the person is gone beyond reach. To speak kindly to everyone is indeed a virtue and needs to be practised.

  4. This should be talked more often. someone who has made up a mind for finishing his/ her life needs to get talked into something positive, show some hope. Some little words help too.

    1. Thank you! We dont say these things because we think there will be time to say it but there is no time like the present.

  5. Say what you feel about people. It could save a life. That’s a noble thought Arjun. It is an extremely touching appeal that you have made through this post. I hope, people could keep their reservations and ego aside to praise people around them. That could actually have a lot of other benefits too.

  6. I agree, we need to make good people feel special when they are alive. Everybody talks good about him or her when he or she dies rather they should make him or her feel that way when he or she is alive. i join you in this appeal.

  7. What a heartfelt post! I agree with everything you say. Sometimes, the tiniest of kindness shown might change the whole world for the better. Very well written, Arjun.

  8. Arjun this post resonates with me. Complimenting a person goes a long way in reinforcing anyone’s self esteem especially if the person was feeling low.

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