It’s been four years since the sad news of TV personality Anthony Bourdain’s suicide in France. He took his own life by hanging in a hotel room during the filming of an episode of Parts Unknown. I’m a big fan of his TV shows and books and not only do I still feel a deep sense of loss but bewilderment too.

It’s difficult to imagine what led him to take his own life when he seemed to have everything in life and had so much to live for. He left behind a daughter who was only 11 years old in 2018. How could a father do that to a young child?

Most people make the decision to attempt suicide impulsively rather than planning it out extensively. And tragically, it’s almost always irreversible. Severe depression is said to be the most common factor that can push a person to commit suicide. And the Covid pandemic has caused a lot of people to suffer from anxiety and depression, especially amongst young people.

Also, sometimes people attempt suicide not so much because they really want to die, but because they simply don’t know how to get help. Suicide attempts are not a cry for attention but a cry for help.

Do you have a loved one or a friend who’s going through a hard time? Give them a call or text them a polite check in message but don’t pressure them to respond. Just let them know that you are thinking about them and would just like to know how they’re doing. You don’t have to be someone’s best friend or family member to check in on people if you know they’re struggling.

If you’re a business owner, manager, or a colleague, you might want to quickly check-in to see how your people are doing. Sending a brief email or text to let them know you’re thinking about them can help them feel supported and appreciated. Most importantly, you must be prepared to listen to what they have to say.

It’s especially important now because the Covid crisis (and the ‘work-from-home’ arrangement) has intensified some people’s feelings of isolation & loneliness. Many are also feeling overwhelmed after taking on additional roles during the pandemic.

Lastly, if you are the one who’s feeling overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to ask for help. You must be kind to yourself too. Let me share a favorite quote: “Don’t wait for life not to be hard anymore before you decide to be happy”. Say it 10x (in increasing volume) when you get up in the morning.

 

Best of health,
Romy Sia
[email protected]

 

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