Mom was seemingly perturbed by the last call. Her uneasiness was pretty evident and had started sweating profusely. I knew I had to talk to her.
“Mom! What happened? Who was that on the call”, I asked worriedly.
She was in a state of shock. I asked her to sit down, handed her a glass of water and questioned again.
This time she somehow managed to articulate that an aunty in her close set of friends has committed suicide. I was astonished to hear that.
On further probing mom told that the lady was suffering from depression. Depression was successful in claiming the second life in the past two months in my neighbourhood. Mom informed that she had two kids, a loving husband, a well-off background and a perfect happy life. Mom is still not been able to completely come to terms with the suicide.
Such is the beauty of depression. You never know that it is eating you till it suddenly engulfs you completely.
I said to her, “If we were aware that she was suffering from depression…if only we could have got a chance to speak to her…a life could have been saved.”
There are many people who seem completely normal and happy but are suffering from depression and most of the times they themselves don’t know. Their lives may look perfect on the outside and you won’t find a reason as to what’s the cause but depression sneaks in silently. All you need is to talk to someone. If one feels that someone is suffering from depression or exhibiting certain symptoms, please, the first and the best thing you can do is to talk to them.
Some startling facts related to suicide & depression:
- About 135000 people commit suicide in India per year.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the 18-29 age group.
- Most suicides in India are by people aged below 44 years.
- Around 57 million people are suffering from Depression, an astonishing 18 % of global estimate, as per WHO.
- About 15-20% of those who are clinically depressed commit suicide.
Some days ‘I Wish An Alarm Would Ring Loud And Notify Me Whenever someone is about to commit suicide and I could speak to that person and bring a smile to their face and somehow manage to save a life.’
Anybody who feels like they want to talk…just about anything…I am all ears 🙂
For all those who are sad,
For all those who are depressed,
For all those who have these scary thoughts,
For all those who consider such steps…
PLEASE SMILE AND TALK TO SOMEONE.
It’s not a Goodbye…
But it’s a GOOD BYE.
Manas ‘Sameer’ Mukul