Losing loved ones to suicide has become something more people are dealing with.
More young people committing suicide at an alarming rate. Students are the most affected since most of them are dealing with the rapid changes and transitions recommended by the education system.
Young people aged between 15-29 commit suicide for various reasons. Most of them are dealing with difficult financial situations, failed relationships or violence meted against them, especially if they are from the LGBTQIA+ community.
Recent cases in Kenya include Police Boss’ son who shot himself dead with his father’s pistol and the form three student who committed suicide because she was told to shave as a punishment.
Close family members in the quest to find answers to what might have caused the suicide may go through mental turmoil and depression.
Here are some of the things that might be helpful in such a situation.
- Prioritizing your mental health
Most people fake being okay to avoid the intervention of concerned family members and friends.
It’s important to acknowledge the feelings of pain, anger and resentment to help one walk down the path to grief.
Being so self-aware helps one to admit if they aren’t okay so that the relevant help can be accorded to them.
- Spend time with family and friends
It’s most likely that close family friends and relatives are going through the same mental and emotional turmoil as you.
Take time to talk to them, express yourself and share in the beautiful memories of the departed soul.
Most people keep to themselves during this time of grief, which could be detrimental to one’s mental health.
- Indulge in interesting activities
When dealing with grief, self-distraction is quite essential. Not only does it distract your mind from the unfortunate loss, but also keeps your mind engaged positively in a manner that nourishes your mental and emotional wellness.
Losing a loved one often steals the opportunity to be happy and truly be. But through journaling, you establish a positive relationship with yourself.
Journaling also reminds you why life is worth living by highlighting to you the areas in your life that are fairing well despite your loss.
Journaling is therapautic.
- Talk to an expert if you need help
Most people shy away from seeking the professional help of a therapist because they think mental health issues are not so serious.
Talking to an expert can help you deal with the loss.
Professionals have their way of ensuring that we see the best in ourselves, even in the darkest moments.
Read a book, hit the swimming pool, try a new recipe or binge-watch a movie. Never miss out on an opportunity to have fun.
Remember to be kind to yourself. Don’t beat or blame yourself for someone else’s decision to end their life. Dealing with loss is not a short-term process. Allow yourself time to grieve. The 5 Stages Of Grieving
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