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Before you commit suicide ... Think of the pain you will cause

Published:Thursday | August 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM

HELLO MI neighbour!

More than 15,120 persons worldwide have snuffed out their own lives. Stop! It will hurt us all! According to the World Health Organization, every 40 seconds, someone somewhere in the world commits suicide. These include neighbours who are depressed, fearful, hopeless and frustrated. Joblessness, disappointments and embarrassing situations are among the leading triggers of the emotions which lead to suicide.

It is believed that persons who are humble, unselfish and God-fearing are less likely to commit suicide. The impact of their actions on the well-being of others is uppermost in their minds. They are not ashamed to seek help where necessary. Their challenges are no different from everyone else's, but they know that 'once there is life, there is hope' and with faith and confidence in the Almighty who gives us 'our daily bread', things will be better tomorrow!

It may be said that those who commit suicide are among the proud, selfish, unkind and ungodly. They are less capable of coping with the vicissitudes of life and are more likely to sink into depression in downtimes. Because they are consumed by their selfish thoughts, it is almost impossible for them to even think of the impact of their actions on loved ones and the society in general. And what will they tell their Maker in the hereafter? Never thought of that? Yuh betta!

Separation and divorce are reasons also given for suicide. At these times, even though attempted suicide is more common among women, the actual suicide rate is higher among men because they use more lethal weapons to carry out the act. Whereas women may try a few pills, men pull the trigger.

It is more likely that some women will comfortably recover from a separation than their male counterparts, because of their social circles: they are a part of the prayer group at church, they are among the ladies who visit and care for the elderly on a regular basis etc. With such involvement in the lives of others, there is hardly any room for depression and negative thoughts.

On the other hand, some men will turn to drinking, gambling, womanising and the like, which invariably exacerbates their problems. As they sink deeper and deeper into depression, their hopes become dimmer and dimmer. Their minds now become fertile ground for suicidal thoughts. And so, in their private moments with no one listening or watching, the selfish, senseless act is carried out.

I conclude that suicidal thoughts affect the rich, poor, young, old, smart, foolish, religious and non-religious, but if people who committed suicide had stopped for a moment to consider the pain they were inflicting on their loved ones, it would melt their hearts and restore hope and faith. Think love, pray much, and help someone today!

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Opportunities to help

Neighbour, house was destroyed by arsonist. Seeking an old house or a piece of land for her family.

Ms Johnson, St Andrew, senior citizen asking for a bed and a table.

Novlette, asking neighbours for baking tins and baking ingredients to make a living - unemployed.

Hyacinth, St Ann, asking for wheelchair for an elderly neighbour who fell and broke her leg. Also needs a walker.

Neighbour, grandmother is disabled and in need of a wheelchair. Also asking for a stove and refrigerator.

Neighbour, asking for dining table for family of five.

Ramona, St Catherine, single mother. Recently had open heart surgery, asking for help to rear chickens.


1. Neighbour, for giving bed linen to Carmen, St Catherine, whose husband is bedridden.

2. Michelle, St James, for offering clothing to Kayon, St Catherine.

3. Neighbour, St James, for offering bed and sofa to Sharra, St Catherine.

4. Pearl, St Catherine, for offering a queen-size mattress to Angella, St Catherine.

5. Mrs Jones, St Andrew, for offering bathroom fixtures to a neighbour.