Depression and suicides

Dear Editor,
Nowadays we see many people, adults, teenagers and even kids committing suicides, ending their lives in such a tragic way.
There are many cases of suicidal deaths.
We often come to the conclusion that the person who commits suicide is a coward. But we never think about what led them to take such drastic and tragic step.
What heaviness the person might have carried? What tears he/she might have held back? What pain, what fears were kept inside? And what could have been the reason that let them end their lives in such a tragic way?
I think if they would have had the option or way out of their problems, definitely they would have taken that option but they didn’t because they didn’t had any other option or any other way out. May be that’s why they take their own lives.
Most of such human tragedy happens because of depression. It may be hard to believe that the person you know or love would ever consider something as drastic as suicide, but a depressed person may not see any other way out.
Depression and grief affect the person so far or so much that it distorts thinking causing a normally rational person to believe that ‘death ‘is the only way to end the pain he/she is facing.
With all those emotions and problems like-divorce, financial crisis, illness, joblessness or any other forms of crisis etc in our lives, we human beings are prone to depression. Many of us could fight depression but many can’t.
Now the question is how to help those in depression to stop suicides? The reasons for suicide are complex. More people are actually depressed due to emotional troubles.
To help someone with depression our support; encouragement and love can play an important role in his/her recovery. Depression cause tremendous pain, hurting not just those suffering from it but also impacting everyone around them. It is important to understand the signs and symptoms of depression by observing their facial expressions, how they talk, behave. We can be supportive by being a compassionate listener which is much more important than giving advice and be willing to listen without judgment. Our influence and concern can motivate that person to seek help.
Often the simple act of talking face to face can be an enormous help to someone suffering from depression.
Therefore, let’s give our unconditional love, support and care by trying to know their emotions, their feelings and what they are going through.
Offering encouragement and hope can save a person’s life.
Annu Gamnoh,