I wish an Alarm Clock would Ring



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Mom was seemingly perturbed by the last call. Her uneasiness was pretty evident and had started sweating profusely. I knew I had to talk to her.
“Mom! What happened? Who was that on the call”, I asked worriedly.
She was in a state of shock. I asked her to sit down, handed her a glass of water and questioned again.
This time she somehow managed to articulate that an aunty in her close set of friends has committed suicide. I was astonished to hear that.
On further probing mom told that the lady was suffering from depression. Depression was successful in claiming the second life in the past two months in my neighbourhood. Mom informed that she had two kids, a loving husband, a well-off background and a perfect happy life. Mom is still not been able to completely come to terms with the suicide.
Such is the beauty of depression. You never know that it is eating you till it suddenly engulfs you completely.
I said to her, “If we were aware that she was suffering from depression…if only we could have got a chance to speak to her…a life could have been saved.”

The WOW Prompt


There are many people who seem completely normal and happy but are suffering from depression and most of the times they themselves don’t know. Their lives may look perfect on the outside and you won’t find a reason as to what’s the cause but depression sneaks in silently. All you need is to talk to someone. If one feels that someone is suffering from depression or exhibiting certain symptoms, please, the first and the best thing you can do is to talk to them.
Some startling facts related to suicide & depression:

  • About 135000 people commit suicide in India per year.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the 18-29 age group.
  • Most suicides in India are by people aged below 44 years.
  • Around 57 million people are suffering from Depression, an astonishing 18 % of global estimate, as per WHO.
  • About 15-20% of those who are clinically depressed commit suicide.

Some days ‘I Wish An Alarm Would Ring Loud And Notify Me Whenever someone is about to commit suicide and I could speak to that person and bring a smile to their face and somehow manage to save a life.’
Anybody who feels like they want to talk…just about anything…I am all ears 🙂
For all those who are sad,
For all those who are depressed,
For all those who have these scary thoughts,
And
For all those who consider such steps…
PLEASE SMILE AND TALK TO SOMEONE.
It’s not a Goodbye…
But it’s a GOOD BYE.
Manas ‘Sameer’ Mukul
This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’
 
References:
http://yourdost.com/blog/2017/03/depression-statistics-in-india.html?q=/blog/2017/03/depression-statistics-in-india.html&q=/blog/2017/03/depression-statistics-in-india.html&
http://www.allaboutdepression.com/gen_04.html
https://www.medindia.net/health_statistics/general/suicide-in-india-statistics.asp
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30 Responses

  1. What a beautiful and sensible take on this prompt. This is why I keep nudging you to write more Manas. This is getting the WOW badge for sure.

  2. Rashi Roy says:

    That’s a very serious issue you have talked about. I really wish there’s an alarm for this. Well written.

  3. Great post that handles the most prevalent condition yet the most ignorant one.
    People run to doctors only for physical complaints. It is high-time that mental health should be considered vital part of education in schools.

  4. shravmusings says:

    That a serious post coming from you, who calls himself as a Joker. But jokes apart, yes we need that alarm bells to tell us about the onset of depression

  5. alpanadeo says:

    Avery serious issue presented through a creful writing. Beautiful !! You have Incorporated the property so well in this story. On a serious note, yes I wish Alarm.clock sould ring or maybe some kind of signal we should get to stop such an act.

  6. Ritu Kalra says:

    Such a heart touching story …yes, we can save our near & dear ones from depression if we talk to them more often instead of texting them…

  7. Abhijit Ray says:

    Good take on the prompt. Yes it is important to detect depression early. An alarm is a necessity.

  8. poseinstyle says:

    What a thoughtful post. I wish that your wish of making such useful alarm clock comes true soon. That will save many lives i m sure.
    #Poseinstylereads

  9. richamina says:

    Depression is still a stigma and because of that no one talks or discusses it… at times help is too late

  10. Manas, loved reading this post. I am a survivor of this deadly disease. It crept in slowly and started gnawing on my soul. Thank you for such an informative post.

  11. Priyal says:

    Thanks for coming up with this topic, this is much needed in recent times because most of the people are suffering from this but they are shy to talk about this or they wanted to be all alone. I will definitely share this post with everyone. Great job

  12. very Well written Post Mukul, Depression is a phase where the person loses his her sense to pick up right choices for herself hence we see a lot of cases. wish lot of awareness is spread

  13. seriously, suicide is not the solution. talk to someone to get the solution and lighten your heart

  14. writenlive says:

    Fantastic post. You have focussed on mental illness and it is much needed that we as a society destigmatise depression and mental health issues.

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