"Shedding Light on a Dark Subject" is the first article under the column "Your Perspective" which is written by a third year undergraduate student. The name of the writer can't be revealed as this was his decision.
"My friend, My wingmate and now, I can't use these words for him. We can't talk, eat or play together. He killed himself a few days ago. It's very difficult to swallow such a tragedy as you have seen him sit on the same bed a few days back and now you are left only with the thoughts. It's Scary. I certainly don't know whether I should call him a courageous man or a coward who gave up so easily and left his family in distress."
Today, we have an important question to ask. Was there any way that could have saved his demise?
Depression is the most common reason among people who commit suicide. The state of depression warps their thinking, allowing ideas like "Everyone would all be better off without me" to make rational sense.
What if his roommates, batch mates, and his close friends had tried to interact with him better or had shown friendship during his tough time? Then, maybe he would have shared his false thoughts and problems with someone. Maybe he would have asked help from someone, and maybe he would have surpassed that low moment.
Another question must definitely go to the Counselling Centre. It's one thing to have a "Counselling Center (CC)" but it's a totally different thing to have an active counseling center. Now is the time to change the working attitude of such organization. None of the depressed people have any intentions or willingness to go "CC" and say " Hello, I am very depressed" to some strange person sitting inside. It's their responsibility to track such people and help them out from such mental pain. Well known was the fact that he was suffering from serious illness since last semester. His absence from labs and classes should have triggered the so called Counselling Centre to intervene. Physical health issues lead to mental health issues is not a fact that needs to be emphasized.
Suicide is not the last option as things change over time and there are always other options...always.
Disclaimer: Article under "Your Perspective" is the perspective of the students of IIT Kharagpur on the prevailing issues and the incidents. Awaaz, IIT Kharagpur has no take on this.