Suicide is a deeply complex and tragic issue that affects individuals and communities worldwide. In times of intense emotional pain, it may seem as if there is no way out, leading individuals to contemplate ending their own lives. However, it is crucial to remember that suicide is not a solution but a permanent response to temporary problems. This article aims to shed light on why a person should not succumb to the despair but instead find hope, support, and reasons to keep living.

The economic crisis in Sri Lanka has had a major impact on people’s mental health. Some groups, including students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, have been particularly affected. “Suicide is never the answer – there is always HOPE “.

Sri Lanka had a suicide rate of 6.9/100,000 in 1950 which dramatically increased to 47/100,000 by 1995 to clock the highest in the world. But suicide prevention strategies implemented on recommendations by the Presidential Task Force of 1997 succeeded in bringing the rate down to 24/100,000 in 2004, 18/100,000 in 2014, and 16/100,000 in 2019. These included decriminalising the act of suicide (1998), a Life Skills Programme introduced by the Ministry of Education (1998), and banning the use of extremely toxic pesticides.

Suicide, A major public health problem in Sri Lanka which demands attention, but its prevention and control, unfortunately, are not an easy task. According to WHO, close to 800 000 people die globally by suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Furthermore, for each suicide, there are more than 20 suicide attempts.

Average of 08 persons die by suicide every day in Sri Lanka. If you or someone you love considering Suicide, Please Call below Suicides Prevention numbers.

SuicidePreventionSL Lifelines
Mental Health 1926 (toll FREE )
CCCline 1333 (toll FREE )
Sumithrayo- 0112696666
Shanthi Maargam- 0717639898

Life’s Inherent Value:
Every human life has intrinsic value and worth. Each individual possesses unique qualities, talents, and potential that can contribute to the world in meaningful ways. By choosing to live, one has the opportunity to explore personal growth, make positive impacts on others, and experience the joy and beauty life has to offer.

The Temporary Nature of Pain:
Pain and suffering are an inevitable part of the human experience, but it is important to recognize that they are not permanent. Life is a journey filled with ups and downs, and even in the darkest moments, hope can emerge. Seeking support from loved ones, friends, or professional help can provide solace, guidance, and perspective, allowing individuals to navigate through difficult times.

The Ripple Effect:
Suicide not only devastates the person contemplating it but also profoundly impacts the lives of those left behind, including family, friends, and the wider community. The pain and loss experienced by loved ones can be immeasurable, leading to a ripple effect of anguish and unanswered questions. Choosing to live means sparing others from this unimaginable grief and fostering the possibility of healing together.

Overcoming Challenges:
Life is a series of challenges, setbacks, and obstacles. However, it is important to remember that resilience and strength are innate human qualities. By facing adversity head-on and seeking appropriate support, individuals can discover their own resilience, learn valuable life lessons, and emerge stronger from difficult experiences.

Hope for the Future:
The future holds infinite possibilities and potential for growth, joy, and happiness. Although the present might feel overwhelming, it is crucial to remember that circumstances can change, and new opportunities can arise. By persevering through the darkest moments, individuals may find that life can surprise them with unexpected joys and fulfillments.

Seek Support:
Nobody should face their struggles alone. Reach out to trusted friends, family, or mental health professionals who can provide a listening ear, empathy, and guidance. These individuals can help navigate the complexities of emotions, offer valuable perspectives, and provide practical solutions to alleviate immediate burdens.

While it is natural to experience moments of despair and hopelessness, it is crucial to remember that life is a precious gift worth embracing. By choosing to live, individuals have the opportunity to grow, contribute, and experience the multitude of wonders life has to offer. Seeking support, cultivating resilience, and holding onto hope can lead to a brighter future. Together, let us create a compassionate and understanding world where no one feels alone in their struggles and where every life is valued and cherished.