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World Suicide Prevention Day – Providing Support To Those Who Need It


According to ‘The Global Burden of Disease Study 1990-2016′, suicide is the most common cause of death among Indians between the age groups of 15 and 39 years. To prevent such an alarming number of suicides, World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on 10th September every year since 2003. This day has been dedicated to creating awareness of suicide, understanding the causes and signs of suicidal tendencies, as well as methods of prevention and providing support to people exhibiting these symptoms.

The theme of World Suicide Prevention Day 2021 is ‘Creating Hope Through Action’ a reminder that there is an alternative to suicide and aims to inspire confidence and light in all of us; that our actions, no matter how big or small, may provide hope to those who are struggling.

Primary causes of suicide

Just like each year, World Suicide Prevention Day 2021 is significant because it helps spread awareness about the primary causes that can lead up to suicide. According to Dr. Alex Lickerman, the former Director of Primary Care at the University of Chicago, USA, there are five primary causes of suicide.

  1. Depression is usually considered the leading cause of suicide and World Suicide Prevention Day 2021 also focuses on making support available to people suffering from depression.
  2. Psychotic illnesses like schizophrenia which trigger fearful delusions and hallucinations are also one of the primary causes of suicide.
  3. Impulsiveness that may result from substance abuse (drugs or alcohol) has also been deemed to be one of the primary causes as most people who have failed to take their own lives have regretted it when sober.
  4. People suffering from incurable terminal illnesses often seek death as a final escape from their suffering and World Suicide Prevention Day also aims to spread awareness regarding the demerits of this.
  5. Financial troubles including unemployment and business loss have also led to some people committing suicide out of utter hopelessness and despair.

Signs of suicidal behaviour 

There are many early warning signs displayed by people with suicidal tendencies. World Suicide Prevention Day 2021 seeks to educate people so that they can identify these indicators at the earliest-

Suicide prevention 

Despite the high prevalence of suicide, they can be prevented with the right level of intervention done at the right time. Understanding the several warning signs and not ignoring them can potentially help save a life.

According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), having regular contact with a primary healthcare provider can help prevent suicide.

However, if thoughts of suicide have crossed your mind, then-


Therefore, the significance of World Suicide Prevention Day 2021 lies in continued support as well as recognition of suicide as a potent public health problem. Suicide can only be prevented by increased awareness about mental health as well as by the cooperation of friends and family members. It is important to understand that any person exhibiting the warning signs of suicide, talking or thinking of self-harm should not be taken lightly, consult a psychiatrist and let him/her understand and evaluate the condition. Act at the earliest to prevent a mishap. Every life is precious, let’s be the source of hope, happiness and support to someone in need.

Disclaimer: The information included at this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a healthcare professional. Because of unique individual needs, the reader should consult their physician to determine the appropriateness of the information for the reader’s situation.

Diabetes Caregiver’s Perspective: How To Take Care Of A Diabetic Patient?

Why Is The Role Of A Diabetes Caregiver Important?

A study of more than 5000 adults with Diabetes highlighted the importance of family, friends, and colleagues in improving well-being and self-management. Family members are often asked to share the responsibility for disease management. They can provide many forms of support, such as instrumental support in driving patients to appointments or helping to inject insulin and social and emotional support in helping patients cope with their disease.

Through their communication and attitudes, family members often have a significant impact on a patient’s psychological well-being, the decision to follow recommendations for medical treatment, and the ability to initiate and maintain changes in diet and exercise.

Family members can feel distressed by their loved one’s diabetes due to limited knowledge about diabetes or not knowing how to support their loved one.

The family may also have misconceptions, such as believing that the patient knows more about diabetes than the patient actually reports or not understanding their loved one’s needs in diabetes management.

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Knowledge about the disease, strategies to alter family routines, and optimal ways to cope with the emotional aspects of the disease are some of the aspects of diabetes self-management that family members need.

Educating family members about diabetes-care needs can help ease this strain by explaining why these changes are necessary, how these changes can best be implemented, and where to find additional information, such as healthy recipes or exercise routines.

The Cornerstones Of Diabetes Care For Diabetes Caregiver

The following 4 cornerstones of care are really important to pay attention to when taking care of a family member with Diabetes:

  1. Healthy Eating. Making smart food choices and building a diabetes-friendly meal plan (with a variety of foods) will help make sure they get the right amounts of protein, fats, and carbohydrates. Read more about the 4 best foods for a diabetic diet.
  2. Being Physically Active. Exercising and staying active are important for every diabetic patient
  3. Taking Medicine. Your diabetes care team will tell you which medication/insulin is right for your family member. It is also important that you make sure they take all of their other medicine(s) as directed.
  4. Tracking. Checking and recording blood sugar can help you to see patterns. These patterns can tell you how his or her diabetes care plan is working and what (if anything) needs to change.
  5. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
    a. Listen First: One way to start is by doing lots of listening rather than talking. That way you can gauge whether someone is ready to accept help. Everyone is at different stages with their diabetes.
  6. Ascertain where they are in their journey as this will determine how you can best help them. Don’t assume anything.
  7. Have an open conversation: Ask what you can do to help.
  8. Make it a joint effort: Join your friend or family member in his or her efforts to live a healthier lifestyle. Offer to start an exercise program with him or her. Or adopt better eating habits. Let the person you are caring for, know he or she is not alone in this.
  9. Going to the doctor together: It is a good idea to attend medical appointments.
  10. Watch for low blood sugar called hypoglycemia: Symptoms might be sweating, feeling hot, shakiness and a fast-beating heart. It can be dangerous for many reasons and can result in falls or a decline in cognitive functioning.
  11. Check that they’re taking the correct doses of insulin and medication and not skipping meals.
  12. Avoid Getting angry: Especially if you’re dealing with kids suffering from type 1 diabetes. Take a deep breath and control your feelings.
  13. Attend a diabetes support group with them: Encourage the person to attend a diabetes support group, and offer to go along. Both of you can receive support and learn strategies to cope up with your feelings and the disease.
  14. Be positive: A diabetes diagnosis can be scary, especially since there’s always a risk of complications. Although life-threatening complications can happen, you should keep conversations positive when speaking to someone living with diabetes. They are most likely aware of the possible complications, so they don’t need to hear about people who died from diabetes or had limbs amputated. Offer positive support, not negative stories.

If you have a child with diabetes, gradually teach him or her how to manage the condition: Although parents should always have a role in monitoring their child’s diabetes, as they get older, teens can take an increasing role in blood sugar monitoring and meal planning. Read more about symptoms of diabetes in children

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Disclaimer: The above information has been prepared by a qualified medical professional and may not represent the practices followed universally. The suggestions listed in this article constitute relatively common advice given to patients, and since every patient is different, you are advised to consult your physician, if in doubt, before acting upon this information. Lupin Limited has only facilitated the distribution of this information to you in the interest of patient education and welfare.