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Surviving Suicide Loss: Raashi's Story

Trigger Warning: Suicide. She lost her 18-year-old baby brother to suicide. In her overwhelming grief, Raashi Thakran has helped launch India's first 24/7 suicide helpline to keep what happened to her from happening to anyone else.

16/09/2020 2:57 PM
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  • Indira D.
    07/07/2021 07:51

    Was it really a suicide

  • Desiree N.
    05/07/2021 02:40

    The saddest thing here is what she said, “she saw her father cry for the first time.” Most cultures suppress emotions and see crying as a weakness. It’s best that you pretend that everything is good and going great, than own up to feeling sad and depressed. How can someone be happy 24/7. He probably hid his struggles because he wasn’t sure how his family will accept his pain since he never saw his father cry. We need to normalize tears, sadness, happiness, joy.. even feelings of anger, frustration or feeling defeated. There is no better support than the one you give to someone in their most vulnerable moments. Suicide crises line is a secondary prevention .. we need primary prevention to educate people in most cultures to normalize emotions of all types and not see them as weakness… I am Nigerian. I am from a culture that doesn’t embrace tears, sadness and asks you “why are you crying?” My father never knew when my siblings and I were sad (May his soul Rest In Peace). We didn’t have the right to feel that way because we are always supposed to feel gratitude. My husband and I have chosen to raise our children differently and are more connected with our children and validate their feelings.. the oldest is 4 but still… even my 2 year old has feelings that I recognize and he says, mommy is happy. Sister is sad (to his little sister when she cries.. she is 11 months). Because We talk about their feelings and let them know what it is they are expressing and feeling.. that’s how they learn. Providing material things, shelter and more does not solve the problem. Our role as parents is bigger than that! Stop the stigma of mental health! Let’s educate, create awareness and embrace others in their strengths and vulnerabilities.

  • Pinky J.
    02/07/2021 09:25

    It's a good thought..for others.. God Bless U & us... Life always has 1 or the other door open.. Will need to wait.may be

  • Sarita P.
    01/07/2021 12:22

    Raghav Rest in Peace .There are times when a person just can't understand what is going on in his life but he won't share .Raghav was close to Rashi still he didn't share his discomfort s which made him take his life ! Most of the times they are not comfortable to talk to family members and Therapist are costly and unaffordable as multiple sessions are needed .Parents are having tough time as most of the time children are not communicating with them and friends give advices ,right or wrong is questionable !

  • Zeenath F.
    30/06/2021 14:16

    So...how is Raghav any different from Sushant Singh Rajput? Both committed suicide and no one had any idea that they would nor any comprehension as to what made them take their young lives which were precious to their closest ones.

  • Ramlan A.
    27/06/2021 13:52

    Peer pressure cause this action ... youngster should be treated with respect beyond any expectation, condemnation and full of disdain. Let them live their life to the fullest by giving a helping hand wilth full understanding and encouragement.A half witted family will never sensed that suicide is coming at their doorstep because they deniably unaware.

  • Kaify R.
    26/06/2021 17:27

    I also lost my Elder brother recently. he was just 27years old. I understand the pain of a sister. It's very hard to accept. It's very hard to walk with such incidents. Your life changes completely.😭

  • Bijal D.
    25/06/2021 09:39

    Such a noble work

  • Baby E.
    24/06/2021 22:36

    I am clueless..im sorry no judgment here..just thinking your family is blessed in so many ways,some are worse in terms of financial stability.I know this isnt about money but i cant help but wonder some kids suffer so much yet they are fighting,determined to realize their dreams..RIP Raghav..No more worries now..

  • Likha K.
    23/06/2021 12:59

    Can i know his story

  • Jessica G.
    16/06/2021 09:43

    The root cause of committing suicide is not disclosed in her post. If you are trying to give a message the reason why youth commit suicide, and trying to make them understand the consequences is more important.

  • Kartik D.
    16/06/2021 03:37

    I sympathize with your pain....can you tell us if you ever found out why Raghav chose that path? What difficulties was he going through?

  • عکاشہ ط.
    14/06/2021 18:51

    At least write a note and don't keep your family members in neverending pain. At least they would know what broke you.

  • Selvarani M.
    12/06/2021 10:20

    Tenisha Lingam

  • Nandini D.
    12/06/2021 09:32

    But what happened to him y did he do this?!

  • S M.
    12/06/2021 07:24

    This life is not our life it is given by God almighty I can understand the pain Raghav go through but if u go for suicide then the pain gonna be more time greater it's un imaginable the person on the day of judgement will kill himself the way he do suicide and keep doing it Keep doing it there is no limit the pain becomes infinite due to suicide Agony pure agony This put me in tears 😭 😭😭

  • Aliveni R.
    07/06/2021 10:22

    Amazing..,we need more youngsters like you to take this country forward..

  • Nasreen S.
    07/06/2021 07:23

    Too sad, horrible and unimaginable pain the family goes through.. God save each family on this earth from this pain..

  • Ragini P.
    06/06/2021 21:27

    Tks for sharing your experience very sad 😔 i lost a daughter good memories that keep us going through life journey. Stay blessed 💞 💞

  • Indu G.
    05/06/2021 19:08

    Why did he commit suicide?? Still didn't understand