World Suicide Prevention Day: From Helplessness To Inspiration

Positive messaging, especially related to stories of people who live and grow through personal experiences with suicidal intensity have a profoundly positive impact and helps save lives.

When we change the public narrative to hope, connectedness, social support, treatment and recovery we can transform systems from helplessness to inspiration.

The melancholy chorus states: “Gloomy is Sunday/With shadows I spend it all, My heart and I/Have decided to end it all.”An urban legend claims many people from across Europe and America took their lives while listening to the track, which caused it to be banned by radio stations.

Positive messaging, especially related to stories of people who live and grow through personal experiences with suicidal intensity have a profoundly positive impact and helps save lives.

A lot of prominent people today have attempted to kill them, and then go on to have incredibly successful careers as entertainers, athletes, business leaders. The following are some global celebrities who’ve narrowly escaped death-

  • Famous singer Nina Simone couldn’t deal with stress during her tough career in the 1970s. She attempted suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills but was luckily found and revived before the damage could be done.
  • Shama Sikander because of rejection, bullying and betrayal and was suffering from depression and bipolar disorder. She swallowed a lot of sleeping pills. She was alive for a reason to discover her biggest strength in my deepest sorrows.
  • Artie Lange, the famous comedian suffered from depression over his life and career until he stabbed himself with a knife multiple times in 2010. He was rushed to the ICU and released after surgery the day after and was soon back to his job within months of the incident.
  • Kailesh Kher jumped into Ganga in Rishikesh trying to end his life. At that moment when I tried killing myself, I couldn’t have imagined that I would live to get a Padma Shri.
  • Mike Tyson, heavyweight champion struggled with drugs in the aftermath of his boxing career. Leading to his suicide attempt at the low of his life. The promoter now uses his low point to strengthen his own goals and promises to not repeat his promoter’s abuse.
  • Walt Disney at 31, the famous Mickey Mouse creator felt overwhelmed by life and attempted suicide via a combination of drugs and alcohol. He very, fortunately, survived the near catastrophe and continued developing Disney into the modern marvel it is today.
  • Eminem, the rapper’s attempted suicide by an overdose of Tylenol and then survived to inspire millions.

According to Dr Samir Parikh, Director, Fortis Mental Health & Behavioural Sciences, “It is important to promote the positive in suicide prevention, promoting resources for crisis intervention, mental health services and peer support; let people know that there is hope in the darkness. When we change the public narrative to hope, connectedness, social support, treatment and recovery we can transform systems from helplessness to inspiration.”

“Opening up or reaching to other people in your life can help provide emotional support. If you are having stress, change in mood, feeling anxious or your emotional health is starting to impact you, it may be time to reach out for extra support”, he added.

Understand and accept your emotions it will help you to manage stress and balance your moods. Yoga, mindfulness meditation, deep breathing, or progressive muscle relaxation can put the brakes on stress and bring your mind and body back into a state of balance. Appreciate little things around you; see what is good, positive, and beautiful as you go about your day.

Taking the first step towards seeking help can be difficult. Recognise when you’re not feeling good, and to know when to ask for help. There’s no shame in asking someone for support if you’re feeling low or stressed. If you think your mental health is getting on top of you then you can consult your doctor.

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