One life changing statistic about suicide.

Ted talk review: Suicide: How my failed attempts became my biggest success | Shraddha Shankar

91% of all suicide survivors live a different life after attempting suicide- they live with the dire physical and mental repercussions of the attempt. Failing at suicide comes at a steep price- one that can include mental damage, spinal injuries, paralysis and the failure of vital organs.

Shraddha Shankar talks about how discovering this statistic dramatically changed her outlook towards suicide in a way that traditional treatment and rhetoric of think about what you’re putting your parents/friends through did not.

Key points:

  1. Social stigma in mental illness: Almost every discussion about mental illness includes some mention of the social stigma associated with it. Mental illness is not tangible. It isn’t apparent in the way that broken bones and bandages are. It doesn’t have a straightforward cure.
  2. The trouble with asing for help: Suicide attempts are seen as a way to gain attention or written of as crazy. When the act of asking for help is viewed unfavourably then those who would benefit from support refrain from accessing it for fear of how that might appear.
  3. The narrative of suicide: People who commit suicide are seen as weak or selfish whereas people who succumb to other fatal illnesses are seen as fighters.