By Tan Jia Yee (BAC Apprentice)
On 3rd September 2021, under BAC’s Work Different Series, an online webinar addressing suicide prevention and stress management, was held from 4pm to 5pm.
The key speaker for the event was Mr. Brian Lariche, CEO of the Make It Right Movement (MIRM). Founded in 2015, MIRM is a CSR initiative by Brickfields Asia College (BAC), that aims to create a sustained positive impact on society, by championing community causes both locally and globally. This is accomplished through leveraging resources of the BAC Education Group.
Mr. Brian was invited to share his thoughts on suicide and stress management, as well as share some tips on what one can do from a very practical angle, to cope with severe stress. Mr. Brian was also open to answering any questions that attendees had, regarding this growing concern.
The purpose of this event was to give the audience a better understanding on the issues surrounding suicide prevention and stress management.
The pandemic has aggravated suicide rates, which have skyrocketed during this difficult period of time. Unfortunately, the younger age group have been quite severely affected by the challenges brought on by the pandemic, and this is evident in recent suicide statistics. Suicide amongst women is also much higher than amongst men.
Stress on the other hand, is when too much is asked of someone and there is too little to give, which ironically, can lead to suicide. Although, there is a clear distinction between good stress, and bad stress. Sometimes, a little pressure is not only needed but can be beneficial as well. It is only when one cannot handle the overwhelming pressure, that things start to become difficult and go awry.
Hence, holding this discussion seemed vital in order to cultivate a sense of awareness and to educate people on the importance of suicide prevention and stress management.
Overall, the feedback received were on a positive note. It was gathered, that most of the attendees found the session engaging and insightful.
A key takeaway from this talk is when Mr.Brian encouraged the attendees to: do something that they thoroughly enjoy, every single day.
It is particularly important to communicate with those around you, friends, co-workers, and family, as often as you can. Doing this can help one forget feelings of isolation, especially if you live alone.