Losing A Loved One to Suicide: Families Speak Out

“Families need to create a space to talk about mental health and suicide, and perhaps save a life.”

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Video Editor: Kunal Mehra

(Every year, World Suicide Prevention Day is observed 10 September to raise awareness on suicide and suicide prevention. We are republishing this video we made for World Suicide Prevention Day 2019 to highlight the effect of suicide on families and loved ones.)

(If you feel suicidal or know someone in distress, please reach out to them with kindness and call these numbers of local emergency services, helplines, and mental health NGOs)

Losing a loved one to suicide is a pain like no other. There's confusion, regret, heartbreak and usually, no closure. How do families cope once you’re gone? How can families best equip themselves to recognise the signs of depression and save lives?

The Families Left Behind

Through the stories of Raashi Thakran, who lost her brother earlier this year, Nyana Sabharwal, who lost her mother when she was 13, Shweta Mittal, who lost her maternal uncle, or Niraj Doshi who almost lost his life, watch how suicide impacts the lives of those around you.

Suicide, a subject so twisted with loneliness, depression, and shame, is finally coming out of the shadows. As a community, we’re beginning to look at mental health squarely in the eyes through an increasingly progressive discourse.

Families, friends, colleagues, co-workers, and the entire community needs to build a supportive, safe space to help people with suicidal tenancies.

Besides, Nyana advises, “It’s extremely difficult when you are vulnerable to reach out yourself for help. The community, your family, and friends must step in.”

One of the toughest moments for Raashi was when heartbroken and confused, she dove into suicide research in India only to find there is no national helpline. She then started a petition on Change.org asking Dr Harsh Vardhan and the ministry of health and family welfare to launch a national helpline number for suicide prevention in India in 2019. A year later, India launched its first-ever national mental health helpline called Kiran on 7 September 2020.

The helpline number is (1800-599-0019).

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