Less procrastination, more living.
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the passing of Satish Singh, a dear colleague and friend who we lost to suicide in 2017. Or rather I can’t believe its been five years since his passing and I forgot his anniversary, once again. I could blame a lot of things, Its been such a tumultuous 3 years. But No excuses, I needed to write this . And its apt as a comeback to this blog.
Satish was a kind and talented individual who touched the lives of many in the time we knew him.
As we remember Satish and the positive impact he had on our lives, it’s important to also address the issue of suicide and the toll it takes on individuals, families, and communities. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, with men being three times more likely to die by suicide than women. In 2021 alone, over 6,000 men in the US died by suicide.
In Ireland, the rate of suicide among men is also alarmingly high, with nearly three-quarters of all suicides in the country being committed by men.
These statistics highlight the need for open and honest conversations about mental health and the importance of reaching out for help and support when needed. It’s important for men, in particular, to know that it is okay to talk about their feelings and seek help when struggling with thoughts of suicide.
As we remember Satish and the pain his passing has caused, let us also remember to take care of ourselves and each other. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. There is help and support available, and it is never too late to ask for it.
Satish will always be remembered for his kindness, his talent, and the joy he brought to those around him. Let’s honor his memory by being there for each other and taking care of our mental health.