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World Suicide Prevention Day: Empathizing with the Depressed Can Curtail Chances of Suicide, Suggests Study

The key is to be empathic and not be sympathetic because people in a depressive state of mind only need to be heard

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Depressed woman. Pixabay

New Delhi, Sep 10, 2017: If you know someone who is visibly depressed or struggling to cope with challenges of life, do not hesitate to intervene for fear of making things worse. Just hearing them out with empathy can make the difference between life and death, say experts.

In India, more than 100,000 people commit suicide every year, according to the National Crime Records Bureau.

“The key is to be empathic and not be sympathetic. People in a depressive state of mind only need to be heard,” said Pallab Maulik, Deputy Director and Head of Research at the George Institute for Global Health India, New Delhi, which conducts research aimed at changing health practices and policy.

As per the Global Burden of Diseases (GBD) data, mental health/suicide is the top reason for mortality among older adolescent girls and the figure remains among the top causes of death in boys as well.

“The number of adolescents committing suicide due to depression is increasing at an alarming rate in our country,” Maulik said on World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10.

“Various factors such academic pressures, personal relationship break-ups, pressures at work, interpersonal violence and intimate partner violence are some key reasons for depression amongst adolescents and young adults. Alcohol and drug abuse are some other factors that affect mental health well-being,” Maulik added.

According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), compassion and empathy from others helped to turn things around for vulnerable individuals.

Offering a gentle word of support and listening in a non-judgemental way can make all the difference, said the official World Suicide Prevention Day 2017 Website.

Being caring and listening with a non-judgemental ear are far more likely to reduce distress than exacerbate it, it said.

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“About 800,000 people commit suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Those in the 15 to 29 age group are particularly vulnerable,” said Anna Chandy, of Live Love Laugh Foundation, Bengaluru — a not-for-profit organisation founded by Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone.

“There may be people around you who are struggling to cope and display visible signs of being depressed. Noticing such signs, offering support and encouraging them to seek professional help is crucial,” Chandy added.

Maulik said that suicides can be prevented through various measures taken at community and individual level.

“Early identification, treatment and care of people with mental and substance use disorders is important. Besides listening to the person, observing sudden behaviour change and proper counselling could help prevent a large number of deaths due to suicide,” Maulik added. (IANS)

 

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Actress Deepika Padukone Launches Her Own Website

Diana Penty: Happy Birthday Deepika Padukone! Sending you lots of love and hugs... Have a super duper one

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Deepika turns 33, launches own website. Twitter

After an eventful 2018 with the release of “Padmaavat” and her big fat wedding with Ranveer Singh, actress Deepika Padukone, who turned 33 on Saturday, announced the launch of her website.

Just a day earlier, the actress had taken to her Instagram handle and shared a handwritten note stating something “super exciting” was coming up, with a countdown. It left her fans curious.

After the countdown finished, Deepika announced the website’s launch and captioned it: “Here’s presenting my website – www.deepikapadukone.com. Love, Deepika”

The post also includes a QR code directing users to the website, which gives a landscape about Deepika’s career.

The website features the landmarks and awards that Deepika has achieved, apart from information on Live Love Laugh, a foundation she has been supporting to spread mental health awareness.

It is Deepika’s first birthday after her wedding to Ranveer, whom she married in Lake Como, Italy, in November.

As far as her projects are concerned, Deepika will turn producer with “Chhapaak”, which will feature her as an acid attack survivor.

In the star cast of the movie Padmaavat, Deepika Padukone is playing the role of Rani Padmaavat. Wikimedia Commons
Deepika Padukone. Wikimedia Commons

On her birthday, she received greetings on social media from celebrities like Madhuri Dixit Nene, Preity Zinta and Manish Malhotra. Here’s what they had to say:

Madhuri Dixit Nene: Happy Birthday darling Deepika Padukone! Hope this year brings you all that your heart desires. Have a good one.

Manish Malhotra: The very beautiful Deepika Padukone… Happy Birthday keep that gorgeous smile always.

Preity Zinta: Happy Birthday Deepika Padukone. Wish you loads of love, happiness, joy and laughter always. Xoxo

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Nikitin Dheer: Wishing the girl who is extremely beautiful inside and out Deepika Padukone a very happy birthday. You are one of the nicest people I have met in my life — always real, humble, human. Wish you have a fantastic year ahead my Meenamma.

Urvashi Rautela: Here’s to the one who inspires everyone with her unwavering determination and passion! The one we all love, adore and respect – The Queen of Hearts. Happiest birthday Deepika Padukone.

Mika Singh: Happy birthday to the most gorgeous, beautiful, talented and down to earth actress Deepika Padukone. May God bless you with loads of happiness, success and prosperity.

Diana Penty: Happy Birthday Deepika Padukone! Sending you lots of love and hugs… Have a super duper one.

Amruta Khanvilkar: Happy birthday Deepika Padukone there’s only one queen who truly handles herself with grace, dignity and bravery at the same time… Have a blessed day you absolutely stunning beauty. (IANS)