Simple Things You Can Do That Can Help Save A Life | Clozette


This 9 to 15 September, the world is celebrating Suicide Prevention Week, which reminds us to be more observant, vigilant and a shade kinder to our loved ones, acquaintances, strangers and even our own selves. It's a time to remember that there are people who have stories and struggles that are not so easily seen by the naked eye. This week is meant to be a celebration of life and how it has so much more meaning no matter how dark and desperate things may seem; it is a reminder that mental health does matter. 


But it's not only during this week that we should give light and hope to people's lives. Here are small acts of kindness anyone can do anywhere, anytime that can contribute to saving a life. 


Check up on someone


Anxiety, depression and other mental health issues are often undetectable. Sometimes, those who suffer from it have either gotten so good at hiding their struggles or have been manifesting signs and yet no one even notices.


Sometimes, it's easy to not show concern even though we truly mean to because it may come off as intrusive and imposing. But even then, we all must find the courage to ask someone if they're okay whether they look weak or strong in the sincerest way we can. We have an innate fear of being vulnerable, and so wearing your heart on your sleeve is not the easiest thing to do. But whether someone answers it truthfully or not is out of the question, it's in knowing that someone is watching and that someone cares. 




Questions over criticisms


It takes a lot of guts for someone to open up about their struggles, especially when it comes to their mental health. It's an experience that envelops a whole person's being and is not something that can easily be described in simple adjectives. And while it is human nature to criticise things we don't understand, we must swap out our tendency to judge with our natural curiosity. Sometimes, having someone listen openly to one's exposed vulnerabilities can significantly help. It is not a matter of giving them answers or solutions because usually they already know it themselves, all they need is an ally who will want them to keep sharing their story. 


Give someone a compliment


Think. When was the last time you paid someone a compliment? It's a cliché example that we often see in movies or books. But have you tried doing it in real life? Maybe we should, and often. Pat someone on the back when they do a good job, tell a co-worker that her lipstick shade choice is pretty, smile and greet the staff who serves you lunch every day. These are the things that seem mundane, that we often overlook, but they truly are important. They help us look at the small things and find joy in them.




Engage someone in a conversation about something they love


We all have roles, passions and even dreams that are often drowned by our duties and responsibilities. We have the tendency to judge someone based on one facet of their lives that we see, whether they are a classmate, a co-worker or someone we often interact with but don't really talk to. So if an opportunity presents itself, try to ask someone about their day, ask questions about their hobbies or inquire about the photo of their pet displayed on their work desk. Aside from learning something new about this person, the way their eyes will sparkle and their lips will break into a smile when asked about things that they love will surely be a treat to see. 





Encourage someone to get professional help


It can be a heavy burden when someone asks you to keep the secret of their struggles. But there is a difference between betraying their trust and knowing when it is time to seek help. Encourage them to get professional help. In case they're willing but are not ready to seek help themselves, reach out to someone on their behalf when you know that things are getting out of hand. There is only so much a good heart can do to help ease situations like these, but seeking the assistance and interference of professionals can make all the difference. 


If you are or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call these suicide hotlines: 1800-221 4444 (Singapore), +2 804-HOPE (4673) (Philippines) or 603-79571306 (Malaysia).


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Wide leg pants became an iconic style in the '70s and a popular trend for beachwear. Recently, it has become more wearable for everyday looks, from casual to work, depending on its length. Check out these OOTDs from the Community for inspiration on how to wear the style.


Neutral chic


(Photo from: cforcassan)


Edgy & nostalgic


(Photo from: carerynn)



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We're capping off the week with the latest and hottest from beauty and fashion. From a designer collab to hot deals, here are the things you can spend your weekend exploring.


L'Oreal x Isabel Marant



The first look at the collaboration between designer Isabel Marant and L'Oreal has been unveiled. The collection, announced in June, will launch on 19 September. With chic, independent women of today in mind, the collection is designed to be perfect on the go.


Train 24/7


Mina Myoung


Experience a training event like no other as PUMA introduces PUMA Train #24Seven. Enjoy a variety of workouts including barre, yoga boxing and a jam session by South Korean choreographer Mina Myoung from 1Million dance studio and a party set by American DJ Patrick Oliver. For more details on the event happening on 7 October at Suntec Convention Hall, visit www.puma24seven.sg.


Fenty Birthday




It's been a year since Fenty Beauty by Rihanna has been launched. In celebration of the occasion, the brand has released two new products: the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Diamond Milk and Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil. You can now get your hands on these goodies at Sephora Singapore and sephora.sg.


In Favor of Art




Pomelo's Fall '18 campaign is inspired by creativity and the arts and aims to, in turn, inspire women to get creative with their looks for the season. Aside from a variety of colours, some pieces in the collection also feature sequin embellishments and illustrations.  



Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day



Shopee's biggest sale of the year, 9.9. Super Shopping Day, is happening this weekend! Make sure you take the opportunity to snag items from their hourly flash sales, starting 12AM till 11PM. From a Ted Baker handbag to a carton of Hoegaarden Rosee, get discounts of up to 58%. Discover more treats here.


Christmas on a Great Street


Last year's Christmas Village


Christmas is in the air. Enjoy Disney Magical Moments, Disney's largest Christmas street light-up in Southeast Asia from 10 November 2018 to 1 January 2019 along Orchard Road, from Tanglin Mall to Plaza Singapura.


(Cover photo from: @loreal) 


Check out all the fun stuff that happened earlier this week here.



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