Feb 05 2016 : The Times of India (Ahmedabad)
Mental health experts join hands to curb suicide rate
Death is catching them young. Over 15 suicides by students and youths were reported from across the state in past one month.While 10 students, including five school students, ended their lives, two newly-married women also decided to end their lives by jumping from high-rises in Ahmedabad and Surat.
To prevent such incidents and to create awareness about mental health, the Gujarat branches of Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Indian Psychology Society (IPS) have joined hands. The formal programme would be launched on February 7 from Rajkot, said officials associated with the initiative.
Dr Atul Pandya, president of Gujarat chapter of IMA, told TOI that the initiative would reach schools and colleges through teachers and lecturers.
“World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a guideline for prevention of suicides and identifying persons prone to factors leading to su cide. We have translated the guidelines into Gujarati and have prepared booklets for distribution. We hope that the message would be carried for ward up to the persons affec ted, and we would be able to save some lives,“ said Pandya City-based psychiatrist Dr Hansal Bhachech, said that failure or lack of money alone cannot be reasons for suicide. “Suicide is a complex phenomenon whose reasons can differ from case to case The effort is to identify early signs and intervene,“ he said