In as much as life can get hard, suicide is not the solution! We can all agree that death is a painful experience for those who are left behind. People succumb to various reasons like sicknesses, natural causes, psychological problems, et cetera. Sadly enough, we have lost a lot of our loved ones since the outbreak of COVID-19.
The pandemic has made life very difficult as there have been travel restrictions, a decline in basic living standards due to the spiral increase in prices of commodities, lockdowns, retrenchments and so on. These effects can impact one’s psychological state negatively. Not everyone can cope with the new adjustments. Depression and stress then take over. As a result, some end up committing suicide.
Take, for example, a scenario whereby a person whom society regards as part of the elite gets hit by the pandemic and end up living from hand to mouth. Perhaps, at one point, the victim might have tried to reach out but to no avail. Society, being judgmental, never really tries to understand what the person is experiencing. Some might not be aware of the psychological struggles of that person such that the victim ends up caged in their emotional distress. With no emotional support and help to get back on their feet in all aspects, they might feel like there is nothing to live for; hence death becomes the most sensible option.
In addition, this does not only apply to such individuals but also to those who have nothing right from the beginning. These individuals might choose death because, to them, there is no difference between living and dying. So why suffer? Peering into the eyes of society, maybe at one point, they might have tried to reach out only to be labelled as lazy and having a sense of entitlement to the fruits of other people’s sweat. However, this does not imply that everyone is not willing to help. There is always somebody out there who can help you. Suicide is not the solution!
Just like any other thing, suicide has ripple effects. It not only affects the individual who has killed themself but everyone close to them. When one commits suicide, they transfer the pain to those remaining behind. They leave wounds that never heal. Those who remain are left with many unanswered questions and regrets as they never get closure on the deceased’s decision. Some might be fortunate enough to come across notes left behind. Still, that does not erase the pain.
No matter what you are going through, you can always find help. Let the will to live be dominant in you, for where there is a will; there is a way. Do you know that certain individuals have taken it upon themselves to be ministers of love and help? So, do not lose hope. And as a society, we should try and be more approachable and understanding. We are living in a sensitive period. There is a need for us to be vigilant lest we make choices that will open room for repercussions that could have been avoided.