KOKRAJHAR: A unit of the Red Horns Division conducted a lecture on World Suicide Prevention Day in Boshgaon High School, Saraibil in Kokrajhar on Tuesday. Considering the present scenario, the lecture was targeted specifically to make everyone aware about World Suicide Prevention Day staying happy, satisfied and psychologically sound and also the preventive measures to be taken to avoid any suicidal cases. The event started with the lecture followed by an interactive session with the Medical Officer and culminated with a group photograph. The students were informed about ‘World Happiness Report’ and that our country lagged behind in the same, so happiness index was inversely proportional to the rate of suicides and needed to be curbed. Various warning signs like addiction to alcohol, anxiety and restlessness and also preventive measures like education, counselling and togetherness were discussed to make a positive difference.
World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is an awareness day observed on 10 September every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world since 2003. The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) collaborates with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) to host World Suicide Prevention Day. In 2011 an estimated 40 countries held awareness events to mark the occasion. According to WHO’s Mental health Atlas released in 2014, no low-income country reported having a national suicide prevention strategy, while less than 10% of lower-middle-income countries and almost a third of upper-middle and high-income countries had
Suicide has a number of complex and interrelated and underlying contributing factors … that can contribute to the feelings of pain and hopelessness. Having access to means to kill oneself – most typically firearms, medicines and poisons – is also a risk factor.