Thinking Of Suicide? Here Are 11 Positive Ways That Will Help Young People With Dark Thoughts

Suicide as a result of depression kills a large number every year, a high percentage of whom are young adults and teenagers. What can be done?

Suicide as a result of depression kills a large number every year, a high percentage of whom are young adults and teenagers. What can be done?

As an ex-professor at an engineering college with nearly two decades of connection with young students, my heart is aching as I write this. Today the rate of suicide is more than ever in India.

In recent times, deaths due to suicide have become alarming – the main thing to be noted is that most of those who attempt suicide are young students in their late teens or young adults.

Major reasons for suicide

  • life problems – failure, divorce between parents
  • mental health – serious mental health condition
  • lifestyle – use of drugs or alcohol
  • employment – poor job security, low levels of job satisfaction or being unemployed
  • relationships – love affairs, extra marital affairs
  • genetics and family history
  • sexual abuse – within family
  • society – poverty, Caste and religion issues
  • psychology – loneliness, longing, ignorance

I am much worried about all of this, that I often see in my students, and I would like to use my experience as a teacher to help them.

Here are 10 simple ways to improve mental health and to avoid the kind of depression that makes you think of suicide.

Talk therapy

You should talk to anyone you trust. Believe that you’re not alone; many of us have had suicidal thoughts at some point in our lives. Feeling suicidal is not a character defect, and it doesn’t mean that you are crazy, or weak, or flawed. Have assurance that with time and support, you can overcome your problems and the pain and suicidal feelings too.

Enjoy nature

Researchers say nature could be the key to big mind-body benefits. Enjoy Nature. It may make to know that all your problems are smaller compared to the mightiest of Nature. Do Gardening. Walk along the beach. Sit in the cool breeze. Certainly Nature would heal all your wounds.

Listen to music

Most of us love music. Music certainly calms our mind and makes us happy. Music reduces stress and anxiety. Music decreases pain. You can either listen to music or compose yourself. Dance with music. Paint to the music.

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Practice Yoga and Meditation

Science has shown that your mind and body benefits from taking time out of your daily life to slow down and meditate.

The benefits of meditation and Yoga are endless. It leads to a deeper level of relaxation. Reduces anxiety attacks. Join in Yoga classes. Meditate for 20 minutes daily.

Engage in random acts of kindness

Kindness makes us happier.  Kindness makes for better relationships. Kindness help to fewer negative emotions and better coping mentality. Perform some Random Acts of Kindness ( RAK ) everyday.

Repeat positive self talk or affirmations

Affirmation or Self Talk is the shifting of thoughts resulting from negative, dirty, and harsh experiences or ideas to a more positive note. They are an expression or idea that is repeated, used to impress the subconscious with a thought that motivates you, remind you of your talents and provide the confidence you need to accomplish goals.

Regular use of positive affirmations can help change your attitude, behaviors and habits.

Start a journal

Writing a journal is like writing letters or diaries as in ancient tradition. The benefits of writing are

  • Know yourself better.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Solve problems more effectively.
  • Resolve disagreements with others.
  • Provides mental relief and calmness.
  • Improves clarity in thinking.

Trust in GOD

Above all, trust in GOD. It gives you faith, confidence. Trusting in GOD will guide you in correct path when you are in trouble.

Spend time with family

Family is great moral support to anybody. Get guidance and help from your family members. Play, dance, and eat together.

Play with pets

Pets are good source of energy and love to all. Bath your do. Play with your cats. Enjoy walk with your pets. It heals your stressed mind and makes you calm.


If you are depressed, get proper consultation with a psychiatrist. Try to follow the treatment and medication as prescribed. Have patience.

If you or anyone you know is feeling suicidal, here are some of the helplines available in India. Please call. 

Aasra, Mumbai: 022-27546669

Sneha, Chennai: 044-2464 0050

Lifeline, Kolkata: 033-2474 4704

Sahai, Bangalore: 080–25497777

Roshni, Hyderabad: 040-66202000, 040-66202001

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Vasantha Vivek

I am V. Vasantha. Later Vasantha Vallinaygam during my college days and before marriage. Now I am Vasantha Vivek since my hubby Vivek likes this. I am a happy woman, daughter, sister, wife, mother, teacher, read more...

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