Day 253

“I hope you are not thinking of doing something stupid?”
“I hope you are not getting strange ideas in your head?”
“I hope everything in life doesn’t seem too pointless?”
“I hope you are not getting desperately dark thoughts?”

Yes. These are real quotes from real people who are concerned about their patients or friends but are unable to directly ask the question and utter the word – SUICIDE.

Taboo is defined as ‘a social or religious custom prohibiting or restricting a particular practice or forbidding association with a particular person, place, or thing.’

Stigma is defined as ‘a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.’

Simple non-acceptance.

The reply to my request for permission for a vigil from the park authorities on Day 249 was my most recent exposure to the stigma associated with suicide. It is not a unique occurrence. I should prepare myself for more.

Today I met a bunch of committed and passionate people who dedicate a lot of their time and efforts towards prevention of suicide in the young. I attended a Papyrus Conference.  It was an inspiring event and I learnt a lot.  ‘Removing Stigma’ is one of their prime objectives.

Apparently there are numerous schools that refuse suicide prevention training for their pupils. While sex education and road safety get so much attention from the schools and governments, somehow mental wellbeing doesn’t.

The academic study of suicide has been dropped from the Sociology syllabus at A-levels.  This is the situation when more young people die from suicide than from having sex or being in a road accident.

One chief coroner went as far as making this suggestion, “May be we should call it something else.”

We have a long way to go!!!

2 thoughts on “Day 253

  1. Interesting. I studied Sociology at A Level, and we studied Durkheim and suicide. At the time I was very depressed and suicidal, and I refused to do any of the work.

    I’d never caused trouble in school before (the only other time I refused work was when I was 13 and in science we were studying the dangers of smoking – my grandad was dying of lung cancer at the time). I didn’t even verbally refuse to work, I just sat and did nothing. The Sociology teacher didn’t ask what was wrong or why I wasn’t doing anything, he didn’t speak to me once. Just left me staring at a closed book.

    I don’t think the topic of suicide should be dropped from A Level Sociology. But I do think there needs to be support ready and available. At my school there was none; the teacher wasn’t comfortable even asking why I didn’t want to study the topic.

    In a different class with a different teacher, my friends told the teacher that I had taken an overdose. The teacher didn’t do anything. My school was terrible…

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