Social Connectedness and Suicide Prevention

It is paradox of the times in which we live that the more we cluster in cities and the closer we live together, the more we become distanced from one another. This disconnection can have an enormous impact on the mental health of certain individuals, as some people might experience feelings of alienation or downright hopelessness. Despite being surrounded by others in this immense crowd of modern life, some may feel so completely alone that they think they are marooned on the moon. Taken to an extreme, these feelings of aloneness might lead someone to believe that their life really has no purpose. In this context, a meaningful connection with other people - or even one, single individual - can prove to be both life-affirming and life-saving.