There is a saying in many beliefs and religions where they state that saving one life means saving all of humanity. One of the biggest risks to life itself is suicide as an estimated 1 million people worldwide die by suicide every year. Globally, suicide ranks among the three leading causes of death among those aged 15–44 years. How do you counter such a thing that kills millions of people, how can we prevent these needless deaths at the hands of people who have completely given up on life?
These questions are complicated and yet there is always an answer, but before going about finding solutions there are some more facts that are needed to be explained, such as that men are three times more likely to commit suicide than women. This shows us the disparity, and how vulnerable men really are when it comes to mental issues as well. Secondly, the Risk factors are important to explore as well, risk factors essentially are the characteristics that make it more likely that an individual will consider, attempt to end their lives through suicide. What are the warning signs?
Studies show that people who have either attempted Previous suicides are more prone to attempting it again, another factor is if you have a history of suicide in your family which can affect you as well. If someone has a history of substance abuse they will also be at a higher risk of having negative thoughts and might by extension not do well in their lives. People with mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder are also at high risk of committing suicide. Studies have shown people who have gone through physical or mental abuse are prone to this as well, others include people who have gone through bad breakups, have lost loved ones, people who have had academic pressures, financial difficulties, and even those who have been bullied.
Now we know what are the challenges facing us we can go on about how to stop the rot, and become heroes in the lives of people who are going through all of these problems. There are Protective Factors that we can implement, we can help anyone who we suspect has signs of suicidal behaviors by providing them contact with health care professionals, we can turns them towards informative websites such as suicide watch, that helps people in need. We can also be good listeners and be understanding of their situations. Building family connections to individuals, family, community, and social institutions.
We need to also make sure to break the stigma behind suicide that prevents many people from seeking the right help they need. All of this is worth it as every human life is worth something, and even if the ones think they don’t matter, we need to make them realize that they do. Its time for us to fight back and put the world back together one piece at a time, and one life at a time, because this is the only way we can become whole.