It’s estimated that in a catastrophic zombie pandemic ninety-nine percent of the human population will perish, and zombie infection will likely not be the primary cause. Lack of food, water and shelter, other hostile humans, and failed government action represent real threats to survival. But perhaps the most overlooked cause of death is literally in your own hands: suicide.
So what can you do to insulate yourself from falling into such deep despair that you take your own life?
- Take responsibility for others. By connecting yourself with another person’s well being you strengthen your own resolve, and create an obligation to – and hope for – the future.
- Set clear goals. By setting goals and working towards them you create a sense of purpose and achievement. Small victories are the key to victory in the war of survival.
The World Health Organization ranks suicide as the twelfth leading cause of death worldwide, but evidence overwhelmingly suggests that social breakdown in a zombie outbreak will cause the number of suicides to skyrocket.
In an undead world where even death doesn’t represent the end of suffering, it’s in your hands to choose life. By taking care of your own psychological health you will not only secure your survival, but the survival of the human race.
NOTE: This article was written by Iain Mckinnon, author of Domain of the Dead, and the forthcoming novel Remains of the Dead.