Prevention' was the theme of a seminar organized at Hindustan University in
Chennai, South India. Students from
various departments of the university came together to share messages on how to
prevent suicides, as part of the observance of 'World Suicide Prevention Day
Akshaya and team
from the department of aeronautical engineering provided global statistics on
suicide and listed out some important reasons that drive people to commit
the report of the World Health Organization (WHO) that 'every 40 seconds
around the world a person commits suicide. More than 800 000 people die by
suicide every year and some 75% of suicides occur in low- and middle-income
"Depression is a
major risk factor for suicide. However, we can overcome this by adding
nutritious food in our diet. Food that are rich in some essential fatty acids
found in oily fish, like mackerel, salmon, herring, sardines, kippers and fresh
tuna can help to relieve depression," the students said.
statistics of suicide in India, Vidhur and team from the department of
computer science, noted that India is emerging as the world's suicide
capital. Of the total suicide worldwide every year, 135,000 (17%) are residents
of India, a nation with 17.5% of world population.
this team observed, "Suicide is a public health problem and it is preventable.
We can prevent it through awareness. We should do everything in our power to
get the required, timely help that a suicidal person needs." Some suggestions
they put forward to save a person from committing suicide were, " If you think
a friend or family member is considering suicide, talking with them openly
about suicidal thoughts and feelings can hopefully, save a life. Persuade the
person to see a mental health expert, help locate a treatment facility, or take
them to a doctor's appointment."
the message, quoting Nelson Mandela:
"The greatest glory in living
lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall."
Angel Soji, Director
of Chennai Jeevan Suicide Prevention Center, who led a special session on the
topic for the students, revealed that Chennai reported the highest number of
suicides among adolescents in India and worldwide.
said several apparently well-functioning young people unexpectedly took
their own lives, without any prior sign of a mental disorder. Their reasons for
committing suicide include feeling rejected and not having succeeded in
achieving their goals, she added.
"Everyone knows that Thomas Edison failed more than 1,000 times when trying
to create the light bulb. If he hadn't failed, he might not have become
America's most well-known and prolific innovator. So, failure is not the end of life. There is life beyond failure and face it with courage, and create a better tomorrow," she concluded, in a note of encouragement to all
those troubled with self doubt and loss of self esteem in the face of temporary
defeat or failure.