Suicide is a word that many people like to avoid. Talking about suicide makes most people cringe and makes them very uncomfortable. Suicide affects teenagers and young adults around the globe each year. Every day, families around the world lose someone close to them due to suicide. Suicide is an unfortunate occurrence that happens among all age groups. Suicide is increasing rapidly nowadays and the reasons are obvious: depression, harassment, anxiety, anger and may occasionally have the thought that they would be better off dead. Unfortunately, suicide crosses all age, racial and socioeconomic groups. The coronavirus pandemic is pushing the world into a mental health crisis.
We see a huge number of suicide that happens all around the world. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was already an unprecedented number of deaths and also there is an increase in suicide due to: depression and famine. The majority of people have lost their job and they are facing a lot of financial issues. We also know that price of each and every product has been increased drastically and because of that, people in the present context can’t fulfill their basic needs. And there approach suicidal thoughts on most people’s minds.
Increased poverty has increased famine. Millions of people have lost their homes. Families cooped up together because of stay-at-home orders are chafing under the stress, which may increase the risk of intimate partner violence and child abuse. At the same time, physical distancing is endangering mental health even as it protects physical health. Even many health workers like doctors and nurses have also lost their lives because of depression and fear towards their job and ended up doing suicide. As this coronavirus doesn’t have medicine or vaccine till now health workers are doing their job by taking a huge risk and because of this job stress they are having mental issues and end up doing suicide. Many people have a fear of dying due to coronavirus which results in mental illness and increases the risk of suicide. Recently there are also such cases in India where 35 years old man did suicide because of fear of corona. For now, many people who have had to manage self-destructive thoughts have found that their inner dialogue has shifted since the pandemic descended.
“I was in a relatively good place when this started, and I think one of the reasons I’ve stayed that way is that having had all this experience with depression and anxiety, you learn a lot of skills that are applicable in this pandemic,” said Michelle, 37, a New York teacher with a history of chronic suicidal tendencies, including two attempts. “That’s how I am,” said Josh, 35, a college instructor in North Carolina who has been consumed in the past with thoughts of suicide. “I see all the bad, the suffering, and I have a tendency to crawl into a hole. Now, with this COVID threat, we’re being told to isolate and stay away from others. It’s like, ‘Oh, I was right all along, and the world was crazy.’
According to Benedict Carey(Science reporter of New York Times): Suicide rates in the United States have been rising steadily since 2000 — by 35 percent overall, across most age groups — but the rate of increase roughly doubled in the wake of the 2008 downturn. Historically, job losses, evictions, and displacements caused by recessions tend to lead to an increased number of suicides.
According to Dr.Shyam P Lohani (Prof. Lohani is the Founder and Academic Director of Nobel College. )
(The Rising Nepal Daily): In Nepal, almost 15 people committed suicide every day with a total of 5,317 persons killing themselves in 2017/18 (Nepal Police, 2018). During the lockdown period from March 24 to May 2 this year, a total of 492 people committed suicide. The figure accounts for almost 11 persons every day which is less than previously reported for the earlier year. Since not a single death from COVID-19 has been reported so far in Nepal, the effect due to bereavement might not have been seen yet. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is feared to make suicide as an overwhelming global public health issue. The other known risk factors for suicide include increased alcohol intake and domestic violence during the lockdown. Those precipitants to suicide must also be addressed with public health responses during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Social isolation during the lockdown might result in loneliness, another contributor to suicide risk.
Also, there are no proper facilities for those people living in isolation where many of them are facing physical abuse or harassment. We can also see increased bullying and making trolls of someone and sharing on social media this are also the reason people are facing mental torture and they think suicide will be the better option to get rid of it.
So, there are many hotline number to talk regarding mental issues and suicidal thoughts. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free at 800-273-8255. Patan Hospital, as part of its suicide prevention strategy, has been operating a 24-hour crisis helpline for suicidal individuals number for the helpline. People living in a village can share their problems with families or also with their neighbors so this will decrease tension. To decrease famine many social activist are distributing food in different places. Many people are helping the needy ones so it’s better to take help than that of suicidal thoughts. Stop trolling without reason, stop sharing unnecessary things on social media. Social activists are giving their best from their side like organizing a food distribution campaign where there is condition of famine, organizing awareness programs regarding mental health, counseling program to needy ones.
“”Depression kills..and the only solution is to talk to someone who will never judge.. I am doing an emotional wellness check-in showing support for one another…I need six people to post, not share, this message to show you are always there if someone needs to talk. Pretty sure I know who will. Say done in my post!!
“Help will always be available to those who ask for it !!”
SAY No To SUICIDE ❌❌ Stay safe, Stay homeWe can fight against it