Commemorating World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, the theme 'Creating hope through action' was raised to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and educate to reduce suicide in the world.
According to WHO data, the world suicide rate reaches nearly 800,000 people every year. In Indonesia alone, the death rate due to suicide is estimated at 1,800 cases per year.
Psychological problems or mental disorders such as depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, and anxiety are the biggest triggers for suicide. Followed by victims of sexual harassment or violence, people with life pressures and conflicts, as well as discriminatory vulnerable groups such as refugees or migrants, LGBTI, and prisoners.
We can help people around us who are at risk or who are already showing signs of suicidal ideation by the following steps:
1. Be a good listener
People who are suicidal need to share stories about how they feel. Keeping quiet and being a good listener can make him feel comfortable and feel like you care about him.
2. Invite discussion
Respond to the story with heated discussion and offer if he needs advice, solutions, or help.
3. Help solve problems
People who are suicidal feel they can no longer solve their problems on their own. You can try to offer any help he might need.
4. Don't let it be lonely
Usually suicide is carried out in secret, you need to be with you at all times so that bad things don't happen. Get rid of dangerous objects that have the potential to trigger suicidal thoughts.
5. Invite to see a health professional
Psychologists or psychiatrists are professionals who are experts in their fields who will treat according to the underlying causes of suicidal thoughts and behavior.
Basically, suicide prevention can be resolved well if family or friends take care and help find solutions to problems.
Likewise with you. If you have suicidal thoughts, seek immediate help from family or friends and consult a psychologist or psychiatrist for help and appropriate treatment.