Awareness Programme on World Suicide Prevention Day

CMR University SOSSH Organizes Awareness Programme on World Suicide Prevention Day

~The session presented the stats on suicide as per the context in India, the rise in numbers and its prevention~ 

Bengaluru, September 18, 2018: CMR University School of Social Sciences and Humanities (SOSSH) organized an awareness programme on World Suicide Prevention Day at the city campus A.V. Hall. CMR University organised it jointly with the Karnataka State Mental Health Association (KSMHA)- Karnataka Chapter.

The programme was commenced with a welcome speech by Ms. Vasavi, followed by lighting of the lamp by Chief Guest Dr. H Chandrashekhar, HOD and Professor Department of Psychiatry BMC&RI, Bangalore and Secretary, KSMHA– Karnataka Chapter and Dean of City Campus, CMR University, Dr. Shiv Tripathi.

The main objective of the Programme was:

  • To create awareness among the youth about prevention of suicide.
  • To motivate students to create awareness among family, friends and peer group members on prevention of suicide.

Dr Chandrashekhar, HOD and Professor Department of Psychiatry BMC&RI, said, “Students are the most vulnerable group that commits suicides. In India, the majority of people who commit suicide are between the age group of 15 and 19 years. Awareness has to be created among family members and friends on prevention of suicide. They should be very sensitive and observe the behaviours of the person who is inclined to commit suicide. The society and the community should work together to prevent this social evil.”

He further added that in India, Pondicherry has the highest number of suicide rate and 33% of people commit suicide due to sudden act of frustration and depression coupled with dysmenorrhea.

On the day of the event, Dr Shalu Abraham who is pursuing research under the guidance of Dr Chandrashekhar in Bangalore Medical College presented her study on Suicidal notes – the vehicle 

for the writer. She highlighted the integrated motivational model and the process of how it functions. The content of the notes (Cohen et al) and how it gives a lot of information about the suiciders’ mental state.

Students of CMR University also enacted a mime skit to create awareness on the role of family, society and government in suicide prevention.