The news in the last few days has been about the actress Pratyusha Banerjee’s suicide. Last year a 15 year old girl threw herself off the 10th floor of my apartment building because she was reprimanded severely in school. I saw the body and saw the mother breakdown completely. I was so disturbed that I had written about it. The number of suicides are rising. Is it just a growing hopelessness given the apathetic world we are living in or is it a refusal to talk about mental illness and its devastating effects when not treated?
To all those people feeling hopeless
here’s my wish for you
I wish you realise that we all have our light and our darkness and at various points we’ve all been in that place where the darkness overrides the light. So you’re really not alone. REACH OUT.
I wish you realise that problems are temporary and solutions can be found. If it feels too overwhelming. REACH OUT.
I wish you realise that you are special. You may not see it now, but there was, is and will always be something greater in you than your current circumstances. Relationships can break, people & money will come and go, life in general can seem very hard. But there are people who love you, who’ll do anything to see you smile and be happy. The darkness will obscure this. So when you forget it, REACH OUT. They’ll remind you.
I wish you realise that it truly is the darkest before dawn. But when the sun comes shining through, things won’t seem that bad anymore. But you don’t need to go through that darkest part alone. REACH OUT.
I wish you realise that there will be days when the shit hits the fan, when everything bad seems to happen together. All you might truly need at that time is a friend to tell you that they are there no matter what. REACH OUT.
I wish you realise that it’s okay to be tired. Okay to want a break from it all. Okay to feel lost and unwanted or taken for granted especially when the darkness is closing in. But the situation is not you. You are more than that. REACH OUT.
I wish you realise that everything might be going really well and you might still be sad and cut off and not understand why. It’s okay. All you need to do is REACH OUT.
Because life is precious.
Because you are meant to be happy.
Because life is meant to be lived. Fully.
There will be ups and downs. There will be darkness.
BUT THERE IS ALSO LIGHT. So much of it!
REACH OUT !
Ask for help, if required.
Beat up a pillow.
Break a few plates if you must.
But reach out.
Don’t stay in that dark place.
Don’t let the darkness convince you that hope is lost.
Don’t let the darkness convince you that you don’t matter.
Because you do.
Sometimes more than you realise.
And most times- more than you will ever know.
Reach out. Please.