As a part of Learn2Apply series, School of Sciences, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) organized a workshop on 'Helpie for Suicide Case' on 9 September, 2017. The speaker of the day was Dr. Mohan Sunil Kumar, Chief Psychiatrist at Augmenta Health.
The objective of the workshop was to create awareness among students about suicide which is spreading widely, and also discuss its early identification and prevention thus creating healthier minds and communities.
Highlighting the current statistics surrounding suicide, the speaker said that as per reports from WHO, every 40 seconds, an individual commits suicide across the globe which is alarming. By the year 2020, the rate of suicide is going to be 1 person every 20 seconds. This indicates that every 2 seconds, someone in some corner of this world is attempting to commit suicide.
Emphasizing statistics in India which is equally scary, the speaker stated that about 1.4 lakh people commit suicide every year that means 1 person takes their life every four minutes. Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have reported the highest number of suicide cases along with Pondicherry while Bihar has reported the least number of suicides annually.
Further, he said that it has been noted by mental health professionals that the rate of suicide is higher among men. This could be possible because women get more chances to express their emotions than men. This could also be due to the manner of committing suicide, men tend to have access to more lethal measure and means of taking their own life as compared to women.
Focusing on the various researches that have been conducted and are still continuing to find out the reasons that drive people to commit suicide, which is termed as 'suicide clocks', he listed the following most popularly identified reasons:
In his talk, he also explained the following process of suicidal ideation which helps the gatekeeper (protector) to recognize the signs:
He also, suggested gatekeepers to observe the following warning signs:
The speakers recommended gatekeepers to take the following actions to prevent a person from committing the suicide:
The speaker concluded the session highlighting the importance of being collaborative, cooperative, coordinating and committing ourselves to the cause of suicide prevention and also urged that press, professionals, policymakers, the general public, and politicians must be a part of this drive.