On World Suicide Prevention Day, Shivachandran shares his story of survival
Kanhangad: "Life should not be ended in a moment’s outburst of emotions. It is important to have the courage to survive no matter how stressful life may get," said 32-year-old Shivachandran, a suicide survivor who learned to overcome his setbacks and corrected a grave decision he made years before.
“It was a blunder. However, with a stroke of good luck, I didn’t die. After that, I spend eight days in treatment at the Kannur Government medical college. At one point, even the doctor lost hope in me and exclaimed that there is no chance of recovery. But, I survived. Now I do not want to remember that day. However, in the light of that tragedy, I can say that no matter how much you suffer in your life, suicide is not the answer," Shivachandran added.
In his new lease of life, Shivachandran felt regret for the terrible decision he made 10 years ago. Sivachandran took the decision to end his life by consuming poison in 2012. After recovering from his initial condition, he returned to normal life and became a social worker. Currently, he works as an electrician and is a lovable person in his social circle.
Threat of Depression
“Our society today thinks of depression as just a state of anxiety. This lack of attention is also the cause of death from depression. Depression is just like any other illness and the patient needs full support from society. It is also quite common as Diabetes and it has many phases. In its acute stage, the patient shows suicidal tendency. If early symptoms are identified, they can be brought back to life by seeking medical attention. The notion that a mentally strong person will not commit suicide is wrong.
(Source: Dr Sreejith Krishnan, psychiatrist, Kanhangad district hospital)
(Suicide is not a solution to any problem. Seek the help of a mental health expert if you are in distress. Toll-free helpline number- 1056)