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A Shelter

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This photo shows some of the many shelters set up after the tsunami to temporarily house survivors until a more permanent option became available. Many volunteers worked these shelters. The picture above relates to my research because of the organization I found (the AFSP). The organization I researched focused on people suffering from suicide, but also, they had many volunteers who came to support and run shelters for people after natural disasters. It makes me very happy to see that many measures were taken to make sure these survivors were provided with a safe place to stay.

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The Wave

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This is a picture of the wave as it hit Sri Lanka. This relates to my topic because the entire story is based off of the wave that changed everything. It connects with my research because the wave was changed millions of people's lives and lead to my research of the after effects of the tsunami. I'm in awe from this picture because it's hard to believe this is actually real.

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Devastation from the 2004 tsunami

Devastation from the 2004 tsunami | Wave-Sri Lanka | Scoop.it
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This photo shows the devastation from the tsunami that hit Sri Lanka in 2004. In my book, the 2004 tsunami is what caused everything that lead the main character to write the story. This photo supports my research because I researched post traumatic stress disorder, suicide, and depression. The devastation shown in this picture is what lead to PTSD, suicide, and depression. Without the devastation that is shown, the numbers of suicides, depressions, and PTSD would be down. It breaks my heart to see this photo because it shows how bad the destruction was and how many people are left without anything. 

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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This article on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, talks about the disorder itself, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. After reading the symptoms listed in this article, I noticed that Sonali had ten of the symptoms out of thirteen. According to the article, the symptoms are, "flashbacks, sleep disorders/nightmares, intense distress when there is mention of the original event, trying to avoid feeling anything about the trauma, inability to remember the event, loss of ability to feel or express emotions, a sense that the past is approaching, problems falling asleep, sudden reactions to unexpected noises, memory problems, concentration problems, moodiness, and violence" (depression). Sonali experiences almost all of this. For example, in Wave, she has many flashbacks from the day of the tsunami, as well as when her and her family were together at home. She has lost all ability to express emotions. She has many built up inside, but can no longer express them. She feels empty and confused. Problems falling asleep is another big problem for her. Sonali lays awake in bed for hours just reminiscing about the days when she was with her family. When there are loud and unexpected noises, she gets very uncomfortable. She seems to also have lost her concentration on anything other than suicide or harassing the people who moved into her parent's old house. Sonali's moodiness and violence go hand in hand. Either she is quiet or very angry at the world in general. For example, once the tsunami was over and she was in the hospital, she wanted to be alone, she wanted everyone to be quiet, and she didn't want to listen to anything. In my opinion, PTSD causes the traumatic event to stay in your life forever, even though the event has passed.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
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The AFSP is the nation's leading organization that brings people together throughout communities and different backgrounds to understand and prevent suicide. They strive for a world without suicide, the support research, educate others about suicide, offer a caring community, and advocate. They have community walks to promote the end to suicide. They are furthering their research to better understand and prevent suicide. They host "Out of the Darkness" walks which raise money for education programs and research. The walks also raise awareness to suicide and depression. The AFSP is always there to offer a caring community and help to those who need it.

In Wave, the main character suffered from major suicidal thoughts and actions. She made many attempts to go through with the suicide. As I said above, the AFSP hosts "Out of the Darkness" walks. For Sonali, all she saw was darkness. Her family was her light and once they were gone, she couldn't find it again. Sonali needed the help of the AFSP to see that there was a light and that there is hope. Many of the people that Sonali was surrounded by weren't even aware of her attempts at suicide. Many of them could've helped Sonali if they had just been educated about suicide and the warning signs. The AFSP works to educate people like the ones Sonali was surrounded by. They do that in hope that it will save more lives and that they prepare and educate these people enough so that they can see what is going on around them. The main thing to make sure suicidal people know is that they are not and never will be alone. Although Sonali felt alone once her family was gone, she had the entire support of the community. It's organizations like the AFSP that are responsible for making communities like these possible. People are never alone. Communities that the AFSP have are meant to show that suicidal people are never alone. 

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Wave (Vintage): Sonali Deraniyagala: 9780345804310: Amazon.com: Books

Wave (Vintage): Sonali Deraniyagala: 9780345804310: Amazon.com: Books | Wave-Sri Lanka | Scoop.it
Wave (Vintage) [Sonali Deraniyagala] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. One of  The  New York Times's 10 Best Books of the Year, a Christian Science Monitor Best Nonfiction Book
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Sonali is on vacation in Sri Lanka with her family in 2004. They're vacation is almost over and they're getting their things together to go home when a tsunami hits. Within minutes, Sonali's two sons, husband, and parents are killed. She miraculously survived the disaster and runs into a family friend. He takes her back to his house while he looks for a car to take her to her aunt's home. Sonali is in constant denial about what happened and is convinced her family is still alive. When she arrives at her aunt's house in Colombo, everyone is worried about her. She stays there but battles with loneliness, depression, and sleep deprivation. Everyone in her family begs her to sleep but she can't because she claims that she will forget what happened. When her brother sells her parent's house, she continually harasses the new family in the house. She doesn't want anyone to be happy because she can't find happiness. Sonali attempts to commit suicide in multiple ways. She is constantly researching it because she says she must do it right. She doesn't want to live without her family. She turns to alcohol and runs into even bigger problems when she starts taking antidepressants with alcoholic drinks. 

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The Aftermath

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This is a photo of two residents in Sri Lanka who miraculously were one of the lucky people who did actually survive the tsunami. You can see them here trying to walk across the debris, most likely to find safety and shelter. This photo shows the aftermath of the tsunami that I researched. Because of events like the one shown in the picture, problems like the ones I researched happened. It is absolutely heartbreaking to see a photo like this. It scares me to see that some people live like this everyday.

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Tsunami - Clean-Up

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This article talks about the clean-up in Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami. It talks about the problems with burning debris, material in the ocean, and contamination of the drinking water. Almost everything was destroyed in the tsunami and cleaning up the mess left behind could take years. The article tells us that the United Nations is hiring many people and making use of volunteers to do whatever they can to clean-up Sri Lanka.

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Wave That Shook The World - tsunami documentary - YouTube

Documentary about the 2004 tsunami. Heartbreaking footage.
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This video shows the wave and overall tsunami that hit Sri Lanka in 2004. It gives viewers insight on what actually happened that day and how scary the tsunami really was. It shows pictures from the devastation and debris left behind after the disaster. If you watch closely, you can see people struggling in the waters and people who didn't make it. A man from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center talks about the tsunami and the events that occurred around it.  

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The Irony of Despair

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The rise in suicide rates prompts a sober confrontation of old and new questions around the will to overcome.
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The article talks about how although professionals have made progress with mental illnesses, they haven't made any progress with suicide. David Brooks talks about how suicide rates have increased over the years and how they are still increasing today. According to the article, "more people die by suicide than by auto accidents" (brooks). The article gives information on things that are likely to lead to suicide. For example, economic stress is a big trigger. The article states that, "you want to attack the ideas and stories that seem to justify it" (brooks). You can't simply blame unemployment or isolation, you need to find the start of suicidal thoughts. Brooks says, "suicide happens in clusters, with one person's suicide influencing the other's" (brooks). It is like a chain reaction . One person may have been completely fine, but then someone close to them commits suicide, sending the other person into depression that can get out of hand. According to the article, "suicide is an act of chronological arrogance, the assumption that the impulse of the moment has a right to dictate the judgement of future decades" (brooks). 

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Sri Lanka, Map

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If I was thinking about traveling to Sri Lanka, based on my research I would be prepared for large amounts of destruction left even after all these years. The 2004 tsunami was so powerful that it left debris and piles of just about anything all over the country. I would expect many people there to be suffering from major depression or suicidal thoughts. I also would be weary of the many citizens with untreated PTSD.

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