5 Incredible Suicide Prevention Stories You Must Read
September 10th is observed as ‘World Suicide Prevention Day’ every year. While there are many reports about people attempting suicide, here’s sharing a few incredible stories of people who were saved from committing suicide –
- In June 2016, Varun Malik, an IT employee in Gurgaon, posted a status on Facebook along with pictures of his slit wrist, announcing his plans to commit suicide. His friends saw the post and immediately urged people near his location to rush him to the hospital and inform the police. Varun was rushed to the ICU and his condition was reported to be stable later. (Source)
- A young Dubliner, on seeing a man in his 30s stand on the ledge of a bridge, approached him asking if he was okay. A 45 minute conversation followed and a life was saved. The 30-year-old-man went on to live happily and eventually named his son after the young boy who saved him. (Source)
- Ms Shalini, a school teacher from Chennai, impulsively consumed acid over a trivial issue. For three years, she suffered severe pains but thanks to her doctor, Dr S M Chandramohan, a gastroenterologist, she survived and is living a normal life today. (Source)
- Liu Wenxiu, a waitress in China, noticed a 16-year-old climb over the railing of a bridge and followed him. She persuaded him to share his story and, after listening to him, she shared the story of her own suicide attempt in the past. Surrounded by cops and other pedestrians, she hugged him after he abandoned his suicide mission and gave him a kiss. And the boy decided to continue to live. (Source)
- Richa Singh, an IIT Guwahati alumnus, is the brain behind yourdost.com, a website and a mobile app that lets people chat anonymously with qualified psychiatrists and psychologists. It reportedly has 70,000 users and has helped many people control the urge to commit suicide. Richa was extremely disturbed when her classmate committed suicide, which motivated her to start up yourdost.com. (Source)
If you think you know someone who is depressed or is contemplating suicide, don’t hesitate to reach out to them. Just a few words could save a life!