Who Hurts When You’re Gone? Suicide Through the Eyes of Families

The Families Left Behind

Losing a loved one to suicide is a pain like no other. There's confusion, regret, heartbreak and usually, no closure. How do families cope once you’re gone? How can families best equip themselves to recognise the signs of depression and save lives?

Through the stories of Raashi Thackan, who lost her brother earlier this year, Nyana Sabharwal, who lost her mother when she was 13, Shweta Mittal, who lost her maternal uncle, or Niraj Doshi who almost lost his life, watch how suicide impacts the lives of those around you.

Families, friends, colleagues, co-workers and the entire community needs to build a supportive, safe space to help people with suicidal tenancies.

Besides, Nyana advises, “ It’s extremely difficult, when you are vulnerable to reach out yourself for help. The community, your family and friends must step in.”

One of the toughest moments for Raashi was when, heartbroken and confused, she dove into suicide research in India only to find there is no national helpline, e started a petition on Change.org asking Dr Harsh Vardhan and the ministry of health and family welfare to launch a national helpline number for suicide prevention in India.

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