Recently, we are again beginning to see a recorded increase in the rate of suicide both locally and internationally. Following the death of Celebrity icons such as Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.
Kate is a world class designer of women’s bags and accessories. Her brand is worth billions of dollars . A dotting husband and a 13 year old daughter. Don’t you pray for such life? She hanged herself in her multi million dollar apartment in New York.
The other is a world class TV producer with the greatest chef programme on CNN. He has travelled to over 70 countries , shooting a concept with a unique global brand. His personal worth is $16million. Don’t you pray for that kind of life? Anthony Bourdain hanged himself in Paris in his hotel room where he was staying with his crew on location for CNN. He was 61. What is going on in the world?
The lesson is that good life does not depend on bank accounts, living it up in an affluent society like America or even having a dotting family.
Urban living has become soo complicated, the family unit and cohesion breaking down in the face of high wave technology, a lot of outwardly successful people are coping with so many personal demons.
Depression , anxiety , monumental stress , luck behind so many exquisite mansions the world over.
We all need to develop a personal stabilizer. Look closely at your friend that is behaving out of character, encourage family cohesion and above all move closer to God and seek his compassion.
We all have probably heard about the incident that happened yesterday where a woman jumped to her death on third mainland bridge. Very sad news indeed. But I would like us to pay attention to that incident. Clearly the woman had issues she had been dealing with. She probably had been judged either rightly or wrongly.
We live in a judgemental societal that is not in any way supportive. But the irony of it is that those of us who judge are probably not any better. It isn’t about who is better than who. It isn’t about who’s marriage is working and who’s not. It’s not about who’s children are packing all the distinctions and who’s not. It isn’t about who’s business is bigger and better and who’s not. Rather it’s about who needs help. Mostly emotional. It’s about someone who has given up but just needs a hug or a smile or an encouraging word to keep going.
Let’s have each other’s back. Let’s support each other. Let us judge less.
That woman could have been saved from destruction if she had the right support system. Who knows.
If you know someone who may need your help or care, please reach out. Depression is very real. Let’s stop living in denial. Let’s stop getting overly religious by saying “it’s not my portion”. Of course no one wants it to be their portion. But emotions don’t recognize those things. God has given us each other. Let us harness the goodness in our relationships.
Have you been feeling sad and tired of it all? Has life lost much meaning? Are you at that point where you felt like ending it all? Before taking any step, why not talk to us. Call Suicide Research and Prevention Initiative (LUTH): SURPIN helplines 09080217555, 09034400009, 08111909909, 07013811143.