Posted: 2005

When a child of 11 commits suicide... Life is a wonderful, incredible free gift. We should be accepting every moment of it joyfully. But we don't. Instead many of us think of suicide at some point in our lives. We hunger for love and meaning but the world can be very harsh and confusing and some people, like 11-year-old Volodya, just have no idea where to look.

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Why do people commit suicide?

Lilya the unwanted child rejected by her mother Suicide is not chosen; it happens when pain exceeds resources for coping with pain. People who have more pain than they can cope with commit suicide. Suicide is neither right nor wrong; it is not a defect of character; it is morally neutral. It is simply an inbalance of pain versus coping resources.

You can survive suicidal feelings if you do either of two things: (1) find a way to reduce your pain, or (2) find a way to increase your coping resources. Both are possible.

Pain can be physical but is usually emotional, caused for example, by bullies, a drunken violent parent, being poorer than your neighbours, or "not fitting in". Coping resources are usually family, friends and people you trust, so without these life can be very difficult but there is hope.

Is suicide a big problem?


What is being done about suicide?

A project to prevent suicide in Finland (which has the world's highest suicide rate) has influenced measures that can be taken to prevent suicide. Training in recognition of possible suicides and timely intervention seem to be most effective. Around 100,000 professionals mainly from caring professions were trained. There was an overall reduction in suicide of 9%.

What can be done about suicide?

A number of protective factors have been identified:

The Lasting Solution

To truly escape to a place beyond problems, pain and despair, please give Prem Rawat and his gift of Knowledge a try. But please do it before you get suicidal or too emotionally disturbed. By focusing on the peace within, problems are left behind temporarily. Feeling peace daily (it's simple when you know how) will take you out of the loop of endless thought, make coping easier, and help you feel good about yourself.

Useful Articles about Suicide

  1. Metanoia
  2. Mental Health Matters Overview
  3. WHO Suicide Prevention page
  4. WHO report

Practical Actions

  1. Handling a call from a suicidal person ...a very helpful ten-point list that you can print out and keep near your phone or computer
  2. What can I do to help someone who may be suicidal? ...a helpful guide, includes Suicide Warning Signs
  3. The Samaritans ...24 hours a day listening and support. Volunteers wanted
  4. Psych Central ...good listing of online resources for suicide and other mental health needs

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