The trinidad Guardian / A few weeks ago the death of a young, bright woman shocked the nation to the core. A person with the ability to reach to the highest of her desires and someone whose passion could have fuelled her into becoming a great asset to our country, was found dead, being deemed an act of suicide. The nation was shocked and grieved along with the family. After a while though, her story ended, and the address of issue of suicide ended along with it.
Sadly this is the case with many situations like this today: the media report, the people discuss and as the other next talked-about incident takes place, the focus changes. The attention and discussion that were being raised from the previous case are diminished and no longer spoken about.
To be truthful, this happens with every news story, whether it be crime or political coverage or protests and natural disasters. And this is understandable. As time goes on so do instances continue. However, this case should not be taken lightly, particularly so since it deals with a topic that seriously deals with the issues of depression and mental health.
T&T, please wake up. The sad reality is that people feel they cannot communicate their emotions and feelings towards others because of one simple word-fear. Why? Is it because of religious beliefs that if we communicate our suicidal thoughts to others they would condemn us? Is it that if you relate your motives toward family members there is fear of being rejected and of being no longer loved? Or is it that the society has unconsciously developed a rule where if people truly behave the way they wish to be but the manner of their behaviour doesn’t quite fit their definition of living life, they are deemed outcasts?
Many tend not to tell their parents how they truly feel because they think they will be nothing more than a disappointment. Others fear that their declaration may cause rejection and ultimately lead to loneliness, while some who face violent struggles daily may just be incapable of coming forward fearing horrific impending punishment.
The issues vary but they all lead to one element, fear, and maybe, just maybe, if proper measurements and systems were not only available but also advertised to the public and awareness was continuously brought about to the nation, and if we did our part by building each other together in one love, just maybe the rate of suicide and depression may decrease. It needs to be addressed.
We may not see it on the news everyday but depression is experienced by many people in Trinidad, who silently deal with their pain and suffering alone, locked up in a world of despair from which they cannot escape because they are just too fearful of the opinions of others and the fact that there is no knowledge of prevention methods that could assist them. Can we please do something to help these people? Or is it that we’ll wait until the next suicide takes place to probably then try to make a difference?
And to the people who are reading this right now and who are dealing with something so strong that they feel like there’s nothing left for them to live for, just remember this. There are seven billion people in this world, but none of them would ever be able to fit in your shoes, because there is only one you, and only you can be the best you. You are worth everything and you’re worth fighting for. Don’t give up, you’re strong, you were born a fighter and every battle you face in your life will ultimately bring you one step closer to your victory. You are a designer’s original.
ANGELIA BISSOON, TABLELAND