A WHO Report from May 2016 states that approximately 800,000 people commit suicide annually all over the world. That means about 2,000 people per day or 100 per hour! Among them approximately 8.5% is young or very young, between 15 and 29 years old, and 86% of people who commit this act is under 70 years old.
This certainly is not a topic you would follow on your favorite forum... not if you're one of those people capable to maintain their inner balance regardless of the situation, strong enough to choose fighting in front of an obstacle no matter how difficult it is. Nonetheless it is equally certain that at some point in your life you knew someone, maybe among your dearest, just about to have a breakdown or someone who has collapsed ... a relative, close friend, colleague … And maybe this someone seemed to you reconciled, balanced, fulfilled.
It is more than likely so if we take into account the World Health Organization (WHO) report figures for May 2016, stating that approximately 800,000 people commit suicide annually all over the world. That means about 2,000 people per day or 100 per hour! Among them approximately 8.5% is young or very young, between 15 and 29 years old, and 86% of people who commit this act is under 70 years old.
The psychologists explain that almost every suicide happens after several previous suicide attempts have failed. For example, men commit suicide three times more than women, but women try about three times more. I am not sure if hopeful or not, for every two people who lose their lives as victims of a homicide three others give up on their life by suicide ... with the conclusion that the greatest danger to man is man itself!
Numbers are … numbers, they reflect a reality in terms of quantity. The qualitative analysis is a much more difficult attempt. Someone having either medical background or scientific, technical guidance may consider that these figures reflect the incidence of mental illnesses, depression and anxiety that affect one in ten people on average meaning approximately 676 million people. Among the mentally disturbed people the suicide rate is 15 times higher than among the healthy population … or at least unregistered in a medical system as having a problem. Maybe so, but the overall picture is much more complicated ...
Depression is the biggest risk factor in suicide, however the psychologists believe that from 10 people who commit suicide about four do not qualify for this diagnosis. There are many other major risk factors also on the list: hopelessness, substances abuse, unemployment, physical agonizing illness, loss of a loved one, homosexuality, mental phenomena such as "borderline" and many more. If properly treated with medication and appropriate help, patients with depression can be cured. So will these figures be better in the future? WHO believes so, primarily based on the fact that in the past 10 years the numbers have improved thanks to the effort payed by the health systems of the rich countries.
What do religious or deeply spiritual people believe?
Even though a homogeneous perspective over the different religions or belief systems is very difficult, all agree that when an unbalanced state of mind occurs (or a disharmonious state of mind) it is caused by the fact that the individual has damaged his connection with the Divinity and therefore he is losing his power to love himself, to love his life … on short, to love God. Many situations are known when people came back to normality by re-connecting to the universal source of energy using a religious or spiritual path ... the same as in case of physical illnesses.
Love (of self, of others, of nature meaning love of Divinity) is something that people are capable to learn yet, unfortunately, they most often learn it by fighting the obstacles of the “Earth school”, and the depression is one of them.
At the end the question is: will the mental problems situation get consistently better in the coming years? Is it enough to rely exclusively on medical and managerial measures? Increasingly many voices say that it will not be enough because only the spiritual dimension can make the difference.