– P Srinivasan
The Department of Psychiatry at ESI Model hospital in Jaipur on World Suicide Prevention day organized an awareness campaign on suicide prevention for public through video animation presentation and pamphlets distribution.
Psychiatry department head Dr Akhilesh Jain highlighted the core issues related to suicide. He said according to World Health Organisation (WHO) every 40 seconds, someone commits suicide in the world. Every year, approximately 7 lakh people kill themselves in the world. There is a well established link between suicides and mental disorders particularly depression and alcohol use disorder. He said suicide may happen impulsively in the moment of crisis when an individual tends to lose his abilities to deal with such stresses like financial breakdown, break in relationship or chronic illnesses.
Dr Jain said, “Suicide is preventable. Depression and alcohol addiction are amongst the common cause. Timely identification and treatment along with strong emphasis on social and familial bonding may significantly avert this problem.”
|Common Risk factor:
Myths and Facts:
|Suicidal people are fully intent on dying||Most suicidal people are ambivalent.|
|Once someone is suicidal, he or she will always remain suicidal||Heightened suicide risk is often short-term and situation-specific|
|Suicide happens without warning.
|Most suicidal people give clues and signs regarding their suicidal intentions|
|Talking about suicide will give some an idea to do it.||Talking about it may invite them to ask for help.
|Only people with mental disorders are suicidal||Suicidal behaviour indicates deep unhappiness but not necessarily mental disorder.|
|Measures to be taken: