There was no way I wouldn’t have done my #40seconds of action today.
This year the focus of the World Mental Health Day, October 10 is Suicide Prevention.
40 seconds – the amount of time you spent to read until here. That is it.
Can we help in turning this 40 seconds around? If you are struggling, you know it takes only 40 seconds to start a conversation with a trusted person about how you are feeling. If you know someone who might be struggling, even then it takes just 40 seconds to start a conversation to let them know that you care.
There is no stigma in talking about it. It is essential to reach out. I have always talked about in my every post that how important it is to reach out to someone. If you don’t feel like, reach out me. I promise I will listen and also help you connect to a professional who can help you.
This is indeed the most vulnerable age group. But suicide is something which affects people irrespective of their age and gender.
Make a safe place
When I look back, adolescence was indeed a scary phase of my life – growing up, real exams, the pressure to excel, hormonal changes, heart-breaks.
While it is the responsibility of the parents to look after their child, the school and the teachers should also be a part of the mentally healthy environment every child deserves. The school is where a child spends most of the time of their day. It takes 40 seconds to start the conversation to tell a child that their school is indeed a safe place. Make it a safe place.
Similarly, a workplace should be a safe place for an employee.
Every workplace is stressful. I had great colleagues and employers and probably that helped me sail through. I understand that everyone is not that lucky. Reach out. Help is available, and it’s easier to get than you think.
Recognize suicidal behaviour
I deal with my anxiety. And I know it is effortless to hate yourself and get the thoughts of ending your life. I don’t go there because I am too attached to the few people in my life who have sacrificed a lot to help me become who I am.
Having said that, I know that is not how everyone’s life is designed. Recognizing suicidal tendencies is the least you can do to help yourself or the world around you.
These are just some warning signs. A person might need help. Always trust your instincts and reach out to help. Remember, 40 seconds is all it takes to start a conversation.
The least you can do to help the world is to be mindful – of your words, your actions.
You might not mean something you say or do, in the heat of the moment, but it might affect someone in a way you wouldn’t have imagined.
A li’l bit of self-love can never harm anyone. Try to love yourself a li’l more each day and you will see the world is a better place to live. I recently came across a beautiful website/app called the Love Destination. It helps you, motivates you and brings out the best in you. I use it to build body positivity every day. A li’l help is never harmful. Maybe sign up for a free trial and see for yourself.
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