“Death is life’s way of telling you are fired. Suicide is your way of telling life you quit.”
According to the data published by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), suicide is one of the leading causes of death, currently placed at the tenth position, preceded by debilitating physical and mental illnesses. Nearly 44,000, Americans commit suicide every year and it causes a humongous economic burden on the nation, amounting to approximately $51 billion annually.
These statistics are startling and reveal the fact that the availability of multiple electronics like smartphones, MacBook, iPods, giving unlimited access to social media platforms 24/7 like Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Reddit and the likes, only seems to connect people on a superficial level. There are times when interactions through these platforms contribute to major misunderstandings, ghosting and blocking, reducing an acquaintance, a friend or a distant family member to a display picture.
More and more people are struggling from within, but unfortunately, the platforms which are used by people for flaunting their accomplishments and achievements fail to bridge the communication gap. The consequent loneliness can get so obnoxious that people can be pushed to the extreme and want to end their lives. Suicide is preventable if more and more people understand the importance of building real connections.
Suicide is not just a single failed life and can never be an answer to any of the challenges of life. Suicide happens when the negative thought processes overshadow every ray of hope. However, there are several ways through which one can break free from the shackles of despair and lead a meaningful and wholesome life.
Listed below are some tips that can help a person navigate through those dark phases without being disoriented and giving up:
- One should take a sabbatical from the digital world and fill that gap by rekindling old friendships, visiting family members, socializing with coworkers and avoiding skipping events which offer a chance of facilitating real communication.
- It is important to indulge in extreme self-care to realign the lost focus. This can be achieved through yoga, meditation, mindfulness, reading self-help books, going for long walks, eating healthy food and taking adequate rest.
- It is essential to declutter one’s home with every single article that is useless and declutter life by discarding every single person who adds no value at all. Hanging on to useless materialistic stuff, toxic relationships and emotional baggage only adds to the tension and mental agony.
- One must work on getting rid of any sort of substance abuse because addiction makes a person vulnerable, robbing him or her of the resilience, optimism and rational thought processes. In addition, if one is plagued by bouts of anxiety and depression very frequently, one must try to address those concerns by reaching out for support.
Road to recovery
Suicidal thoughts can overpower a person, but one should not succumb to them and instead should focus on building strong will-power, practice gratitude, do some volunteering, and if nothing works then seek therapy, for it can help tremendously in bringing back the lost control over life.
If you know someone suffering from any mental illness, get in touch with the California Mental Health Helpline. Our mental health experts will guide you to the best mental health facilities in California. Call our 24/7 helpline 855-559-3923 or chat online to know about the best mental health treatment centers in California.