The right to live of youth from R. Moldova: SOS.

From Ceban Liuba,

Founder of Suicide Prevention Lifeline from Moldova

The right to live of young people, together with other rights such as the right to healthcare and access to social services, right for economic development and decent living standards, etc, should refer directly to and to provide resources for suicide prevention. Unfortunately, this right is not respected and not included in the National Programs of R. Moldova.

Today, the pioneering efforts of Suicide Prevention Lifeline from R. Moldova, which operates in the evening hours as anonimous chat on www.pentruviata.md, need attention of national and internationa donors in order to face the need for prevention of the tragedies, which happen very often.

The introductory workshops for different professionals, which the Lifeline runs as much as the organization finds the resources, are needed so much in different locations of the country. The need for specialization in suicide prevention and intervention is covered on a very low level, which still can’t stop the inadequate responses to the crisis. Professionals still act out of stigma, myths and shame, which surround the suicide cases.

IF we will continue to share only pieces of  attention to suicide prevention, it is not enough to reduce the suicide rate among young people.

And if we truly believe that society should draw attention to the protection of all rights of young people, including adolescents, the right to live should be a priority for all of us. If young people can not have a life worthy to live, other rights simply do not make sense.

The right to live of young people is a fundamental human right and it is important not only on a personal level, but also has an important significance for all society. This right
is stipulated in the Constitution of R. Moldova (art. 24) and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (art. 3, art. 25), as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals – 2030 are focused on fighting inequalities within countries, including through inclusion and empowerment of young people.

Probably one of the most difficult parts of injustices around the phenomenon of suicide is that we do not understand that many young people could live successful and meaningful lives, if they only could receive the right qualitative help on time. However, because people experiencing suicidal thoughts are persistently left out of the conversation, including in the context of discussions about human rights, annually the opportunity to live of over 100 young people each year in R. Moldova are limited to zero. And we do not count here around 20-30 teenagers and over 400 people of other ages.

The problem of suicide among young people concerns us and requires dialogue, services and solutions to fight this phenomenon, which is 100% preventable. Until then, Moldova is facing a great injustice to us all, because the phenomenon can affect any of us.

The anonimous chat is working  (in yellow on the lower right corner on the website www.pentruviata.md) on weekdays between 19.00-21.00. But the need for support, particularly in rural contexts, is huge and people need a phoneline to receive emotional support.

Since the beginning, December, 11, 2012 working only for 2 hours in the evenings, the Lifeline assisted over 1500 people. And the numbers of assisted people is growing by 30% each year. Being overwhelmed with the numbers of people, requesting support, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline is kindly asking your support in order to launch the Free Phone Number, which would be available nationwide. The detailed budget needed for that is available upon request on info@mirt.md

Thank you very much in advance for considering the suicide prevention needs in R. Moldova.