Many victims suffer from real psychological scars inflicted by the hurt and shame of attempting suicide or knowing someone who has died by suicide. Misunderstanding, ignorance, and fear are at the root of stigmatization, and these factors have inflicted immense suffering on those who are in any way perceived as "not normal"Breaking the stigma around suicide allows for open communication when we dont cope.
Close family members, particularly parents and spouses or partners, are thought to be the most vulnerable groups following a suicide, but there are also risks for wider family, friends and colleagues.
Having support after a suicide should be available to people throughout the deceased individuals social network.
In Australia, suicide rates have consistently been found to be higher in rural area than in metropolitan.
So we need to look at the bigger picture. There seems to be no quick fix solution.
We need to look and consider suicide prevention stratergies, focusing on the management of specific diseases e.g. depression. Perhaps a sound prevention strategy should definitely take co-morbidity into consideration and include the treatment of at least schizophrenia, depression and alcohol-related disorders as its major components. To this end, increasing public awareness about the treatment of psychiatric illness relevant to suicide.
However the suicide bereaved must not only attempt to cope with the death of someone close to them, but also do so in a likely context of shame, stigma, guilt, blame, and confusion about the responsibility for the death, all of which are frequently associated with bereavement after this type of death.
Living individuals who have lost someone to death by suicide represent mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents, uncles, aunts, spouses, extended family members, fiances, partners, friends, co-workers, classmates, teachers, therapists, neighbors, and many more with whom those who die by suicide had significant relationships.
The impact of suicide loss range from mild to devastating, depending on many factors. for some, it can literally be life transforming.
It is important to bring attention to the issues; to organise, advocate and come together to better understand and help those to lessen the stigma surrounding suicide.
Each person who dies by suicide leaves behind an estimated six or more "suicide survivors" -people who have lost someone they care about deeply and are left struggling to understand.
The death of a loved one is never easy to experience, whether it comes without warning or after a long struggle with illness. But several circumstances set death by suicide apart and make the process of bereavement more challenging. For example:
A traumatic aftermath. Death by suicide is sudden, sometimes violent, and usually unexpected. Depending on the situation, survivors may need to deal with the police or handle press inquiries. While still in shock, they may be asked if they want to visit the death scene. Sometimes officials discourage the visit as too upsetting; other times they encourage it. “Either may be the right decision for an individual. But it can add to the trauma if people feel that they don’t have a choice,” says Jack Jordan, Ph.D., clinical psychologist in Wellesley, MA and co-author of After Suicide Loss: Coping with Your Grief.
Recurring thoughts. A suicide survivor may have recurring thoughts of the death and its circumstances, replaying over and over the loved one’s final moments or their last encounter in an effort to understand — or simply because the thoughts won’t stop coming. Some suicide survivors develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an anxiety disorder that can become chronic if not treated. In PTSD, the trauma is involuntarily re-lived in intrusive images that can create anxiety and a tendency to avoid anything that might trigger the memory.
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Support workers and counsellors will support families and friends from the loss of life to suicide.
· Provide support to families that have experienced a suicide within their own immediate family to prevent further suicide from the roll-on effect.
· Promote awareness for suicide prevention breaking the stigma around suicide.
· Hope4u Foundation is a support service working with community services such as Police and ambulance service.
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Globally, close to 800,000 people die by suicide every year, nearly one third of all suicides occur among young people.
It is estimated that for each person who dies by suicide, more than 20 others attempt suicide.
Stigma related to suicide remains a major obstacle to suicide prevention efforts. Those who are left behind or who have attempted suicide often face considerable stigma within their communities, which may prevent them from seeking help. Stigma can subsequently become a barrier to accessing suicide prevention services.
Hope4u foundation is breaking barriers of stigma. Having emergency contacts to call when you are feeling depressed and not coping after the loss of a loved one to suicide.
YOU should not be alone when you struggle to cope with your grief. It is important to have family and friends as support.