Lamia Rahman Himi
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college age youth and ages 15 to 20. Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death. More teenagers and young adult die from suicide than from cancer, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, chronic diseases combined.
Close to 800,000 people die to suicide every year. One is influenced by the others. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and entire countries and has long lasting effects on the people left behind. Not only in the European countries but also in other regions in the planet the rate of committing suicide is increasing day by day. If we remind the memories of few days back, we can see that the student of Dhaka University and also another student from Shahjalal University committed suicide.
“Why did they commit suicide?” If we want to find out the reasons behind this, the answer would be only one word and that is depression. Depression is complicated and caused by many factors. One important contributing factor is childhood and adolescent abuse in a ‘toxic socialization’. Socialization is the process where we are trained by parents, teachers and other to be citizens of our societies. Toxic socialization is when this process is characterized by neglecting or ongoing physical and emotional abuse. Toxic socialization includes corporal punishment, emotional abuse, childhood trauma and immature relationship, that are associated with contributes to negative behaviours. Also our parents are very much strict. They are not friendly. That’s why children can’t share their inner pain, problem and depression. For this, suicide is rapidly increasing.
For me, suicides are preventable. The preventive methods can be treating mental illness, improving coping strategies of people who are at risk, giving people hope for better life after current problems are resolved, training of non-socialized health workers in the assessment and management of suicidal behavior and most importantly parents have to be friendly and they have to understand their children.
Suicide is not a solution. By committing suicide not only you are hurting yourself but also you are doing the same to your family. Instead of committing suicide find the beauty in your life. Pain is temporary. One day you are going to find happiness in your life.
(Authoress is from the Department of Economics of the Jagannath University. The views expressed are personal.)