It was her last day in high school. Her sister was about to perform on stage and just then the choreographer noticed that she was missing the prop for her dance. She volunteered to get it immediately from the classroom where they kept the same. She ran through the dark corridors without knowing what was awaiting her. Her classmates decided to play a prank. Few boys emerged from the dark and surrounded her as if they were about to violate the already trembling soul. She didn’t know what to expect and had tears falling down her face. She ran back to the stage, wiping off the tears. And she saw her Dad waiting and searching for her. Little did she know that an hour had passed and this gag from her friends would change her life forever. As expected, all her Dad saw was his lil’ girl coming out from the dark corridors crying, and being followed by few boys.
SLAP!! on her face! It was the first time that her Dad had hit her. Never had she seen him this angry. All the way home, he didn’t utter a word. He wasn’t ready to listen to her even. But once home, when she tried to explain for the zillionth time that she was not at fault, he said, “Wish you were dead. Wish you were never born as my daughter!”.
She went numb and closed the door behind her. Why didn’t he understand her? He was hurt, she knew. But he is her Dad and she was his little girl. She felt her whole world collapsing right in front of her. There was no point to live a life which her Dad despises of. Its all her fault. She took the knife and aimed at the pulsating vein in her hand. It would take just a moment to end this all. Why live a life of shame!
Just then her door flung open and it was her Dad. She was back to life.
Do you think this was some Bollywood movie? No. It is not. What would have happened if her Dad hadn’t come back? Do you think she is stupid?
September 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day co-sponsored by the World Health Organization and the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the theme of this year is Reaching Out and Saving Lives.
Did you know that every 40 seconds the world loses someone to suicide? Yes, suicide is the Silent Epidemic. Each of us play a big role in preventing suicides- if only we wait and listen.
You might have seen some warning signs in your friend. She would be saying, “wishing to be dead”, or changes in behavior and eating habits or losing interest in normal activities. What do you do? Laugh it off and ignore? Think she is just seeking attention? Maybe she is. But why not take an extra step to help? Suicide prevention starts only with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. Because a suicidal person may not always ask for help. And that doesn’t mean that help isn’t wanted. Most people who commit suicide don’t want to die—they just want to stop hurting.
If you or someone you know is living with depression, you should understand that the symptoms may include feelings of sadness and hopelessness. These would result in self-harm or suicide.
Understand that these are not character flaws or signs of personal weakness, nor are these conditions that will just go away on their own.
- talk about suicide
- saying Goodbye
- self loathing
- seeking lethal means
How do you help?
Let’s spread the message of love and appreciation. You never know what someone may be going through. Let’s reach out and connect. Find the right words to say. Let’s feel than know. Let’s listen than talk. Let’s stay together and save a life. Lets all please try to make a difference!
Here is the list of Hotline Numbers in India.
Could you be the ray of hope
And lend me a hand?
Could you listen
With a sympathizing ear?
Could you believe in me
Without a fake smile?
Could you please
Just hold me close……
Linking with Corinne for September Challenge.