Sri Lanka had the world’s highest rate of suicides in 1995 but the number is reducing gradually although the number of attempts has not changed. This clearly indicates that there is still an acute national need to help those who need emotional support. Sumithrayo recently held a press conference to increase awareness about the free service they provide.
Sri Lanka had the world’s highest rate of suicides in 1995, but the number is reducing gradually although the number of attempts has not changed. This clearly indicates that there is still an acute national need to help those who need emotional support. Sumithrayo recently held a press conference to increase awareness about the free service they provide.
What happens when it hurts too much to live? Can it really be too painful for someone to live one more moment with emptiness, depression, and despair? Yes, for some people suicide seems like the only way out.
The rationale behind suicide, which is defined as the intentional taking of one’s own life, can be as simple or as complex as life itself. The person who commits suicide may see his or her actions as some sort of solution to a severe physical or psychological dilemma. Many people each day walk the pavements of life with enormous amounts of emotional pain. Living is difficult when you lose the one you love, your job, feel backed into a corner or entangled in financial constraints. Some will say there is no reason to live after the spouse has died when there is no way out of the financial troubles, no more purpose of living after serious injury or illness. This thinking can trap a person into a narrow chute, seeing their demise as the only reasonable choice.
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Suicide is a complex problem for which there is no single cause or single reason. It results from a complex interaction of biological, psychological, social, cultural and environmental factors. Suicide has no racial or class distinctions. However, suicides can be prevented and suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility. A person who is suicidal feels isolated and alone with his or her problem, which seems beyond their capacity to cope with. People contemplate suicide when their pain exceeds their resources for coping with it. At times like these, talking about their stressful situation with a non-judgmental, accepting, understanding and caring person can throw a different light on the situation and help diffuse the suicidal impulse.
In today’s fast-paced world coping with the challenges of life has taken on new dimensions. We juggle a multitude of roles in our personal and professional lives and stretch ourselves to meet the demands of both. While we often rise to meet the challenges and crises that arise, there may be times when the ability to cope falters and predicaments lead to situations and emotions that feel out of our control. Everyone has these moments, says Sri Lanka Sumithrayo where understanding, empathy and emotional support towards positive thoughts and re-establishing self confidence are offered to all those in distress.
The number of people who say that they have been pulled back from the brink of suicide by speaking with Sri Lanka Sumithrayo (SLS) is a stark revelation of the extent of emotional distress in our society. People faced with an emotional crisis mostly require informal and confidential emotional support. In Sri Lanka, on an average, 12 persons die by suicide every single day of the year. And for each person who dies by suicide, at least 10 others fail in their attempt to end their life. SLS volunteers/befrienders help callers by giving them a patient and caring hearing, and letting them unburden themselves by talking about their predicament.
At an average, 12 persons commit suicide in Sri Lanka every day. Sri Lanka Sumithrayo which is a counselling organization says throughout the world, there has been a steady increase in the rate of suicides. If you feel like commiting suicide or if you know anyone as such please feel free to contact Sumithrayo for a confidential talk without having to pay for the service.
Sri Lanka Sumithrayo: 011-2692909
When people feel empty, depressed or burnt out – in many instances it is a symptom of an underlying conflict. Usually these symptoms stem from feelings accumulated in the past which are still too painful to be discussed. Sri Lanka Sumithrayo was established 40 years ago on June 15, 1974 to provide relief to such distressed persons.