Noko Katlego Makhwiting
I know at times we face challenges that we may see as beyond our control and think that taking away your life is the only option. But have you ever sat down and ask yourself if indeed those problems you’re facing are worth your whole life? Think about your family, think about your friends, think about people who care about you. What would your suicide do to them? Think about their loss, the pain you going to cause them and think twice, think about your future, your long-term goals, your life fantasies, do you really want to give that all up.
According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group ( SADAG)
95% of teen deaths in South Africa are caused by suicide. One of the triggers could be exam disappointment. Feeling demotivated, and the very real issue of finance can leave students feeling hopeless and depressed. Remember that failing a grade never to be the end of your road. Exams are important but no exam is life or death. It’s normal to feel down and angry and disappointed if you don’t do as well as you wanted, but it doesn’t have to be the end of your world.
I mean suicide isn’t really an option, yes challenges will always be there, problems will always be there, but always remember that for every problem there’s a solution, no matter how difficult it may seem and it’s all up to you how you handle it. Try to find someone you trust, someone whom you can feel free around to share whatever challenges you may be facing, try support groups, if you feel like you cannot talk to anyone, talk to God. Your problems will surely be solved, it doesn’t matter how long it takes but what matters is that no situation last forever.
If you’re having suicidal thoughts or feelings. You should seek immediate assistance, whatever the source of your feelings, they can be dealt with appropriately, and things can get better. Get a professional help immediately, if you’re thinking about suicide, seek immediate help from SADAG.
SADAG runs a counselling helpline that is open 7 days a week, from 8am to 8pm concerned parents, teachers or peers can contact a SADAG counsellor toll-free
0800121314 or sms 31393.
God created us for a purpose in life and it is our responsibility to fulfill it, never ever rush God, he will take you in his own time. I for one am a victim of suicide and I thank God he saved me and gave me a second chance, all those problems I had that led me to try and take my life away has passed and so will yours.
And remember that in 10 years’ time no one will remember the challenges you went through in your life. No one is going to look critically on you be because once-upon-a-time you didn’t do well. Acknowledge your failures- don’t fear them- we can learn a lot on the path to success. Even failing a course at University or redoing matric is a way to learn about yourself and ways to achieve success.
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Phil and Noko