QV Woman is built for women to discuss issues, good and bad. As much as we'd all like to talk only about uplifting things and positive things, there are some not very pleasant either. And here is one. But this was something worth flagging.
That women are primary caregivers for children and older people, do most domestic work etc. are things we know. Reports have been coming in during these Covid times on how women are more stressed, how women are twice as likely to get fired, cases of domestic abuse have increased and so on. But a recent report from Japan says women are disproportionately at higher risk of suicide and if these numbers and report is to be believed, it is quite unnerving. And it is not hard to believe this is a worldwide thing, though the actual rates of death may vary.
What can we do to better our situation? To live life to the fullest, warts and all? How can we build a framework that is both supportive and flexible to allow for trying times? Read the article and comment...Thank you #CNN for bringing this to our notice.
(It is a bit of a read, but well worth your time. Please be aware that not everything can be expressed perfectly in 140 characters or less!)
#preventsuicides #heforshe #suicideprevention #womenhelpingwomen #staypositive #talktosomeone #suicideisnottheanswer
The International Association for Suicide Prevention can be accessed here.
Befrienders Worldwide can be accessed here.
Suicide.org gives more information about hotlines for several countries.
This is very upsetting indeed and clap clap to QV WOMAN for highlighting this. As @vibgyor71 says, I felt very upset too and as someone who cries easily, the tears came quick and fast!! But crying does not solve anything, but how can we help this situation? Sometimes, even when we think we are helping, we are not...
What we need is open conversation is what many say, but I think, what we need is solution- like paid day care, or bosses who don't fire us for being late and put us on "improvement plans" but ask us why we are consistently late...we all know that other than some situations like in hospitals or when there is an actual fire, most situations are not major emergencies. So why can't we just set more realistic deadlines and goals?
And another question is, how can we make everyone part of this conversation- not just women but men, women, maybe kids, the older generation (who has seen a lot of ups and downs...)
As usual, we throw more questions and no solutions, but at least we are talking about it...
OMG! Tears welled my eyes as I read the article.I know my tears mean nothing. it is action that is required. Family members have to be considerate and understanding and not over burden the women . First and foremost I feel women should express themselves .Then only awareness can be created. women are either silent or hesitate to express their hardships and feelings and ideas be it at home or work. If this issue can be sorted out, I am sure things will improve. How to bring about this change? I have no ideas. But, on a personal level i practice it. I tell whatever I feel to my family, irrespective of how it is received. Over time, I am accepted like that . I feel it has done good in the overall interest of everyone. I just wanted to express and share this with qv women .
It saddened me a lot to read this article.If this is happening in the most advanced countries, what could be the state in poorer and less developed countries? I shudder to think.
Alarm bells are ringing. High time we means not just women, but all of us the whole population should act on it before it becomes another statistics. Time has come for family members to compulsorily share responsibilities—small or big, be it work or recreation. Family is not only for the woman it is for everybody right? Before such things happen in any family, better to be aware and act.
I saw something similar on CBS news also. Very important issue and cool for QV Woman to flag it up. I agree with @design_rules! that it will not be a very popular topic, but someone has to make that noise right? This is how it starts....I laud QV Woman, esp. as a new platform to talk about this.
This is very disturbing and important. Not everyone wants to discuss this. And it includes those who have had this tragedy in their own families. Thank you for bringing attention to this. (Although I bet it will not be one of your more popular posts!)