WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY 2020
Theme: “Working together to prevent suicide”
Awareness Program on Suicide Prevention
Topic: Know your people at risk – A key step in Suicide prevention
The program was organized by the Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS, Gorakhpur. The event was graced by opening remarks by respected Executive Director Professor Dr Surekha Kishore who shared her thoughts and experience about suicide prevention.
Dr. Manoj Prithviraj, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Dr Richa Tripathi, Assistant Professor, Department of psychiatry
Summary of the Program
Suicide is a global public health problem. According to a recent WHO data every year more than 800000 deaths occur due to suicide. One person commit suicide every 40 seconds and at the same time 20 more people are thinking about suicide. India is no way an exception to it. It becomes a matter of greater concern in the present scenario, considering the problems arising out of COVD-19 pandemic. Work place based suicide has also been an alarming problem. As per a report of National crime records bureau 2019, more than 97,000 people committed suicide in across different professional strata. The largest share was of daily wage earners (23%). Now a days situation at workplace has become even more complex and competitive leading to increasing stress. This stress when overwhelming can lead to suicidal ideation and suicidal attempt. Identifying the people at risk is a key step in preventing suicide. The common Warning signs such as talking directly or indirectly about death, change in behavior, mood changes and mentioning about means and plans of suicide can be helpful in identifying the person who is at risk of suicide. The common risk factors include previous history of suicide, mental illness, long standing physical illness, abuse in any form, marital and family conflicts, addiction problems, poor socioeconomic status, sudden financial loss, unemployment and death of any close family member or friend. Suicidal thoughts and tendency to commit suicide can happen to anyone across the life span. Hence awareness about prevention is essential to reduce the disease burden at work place, family and in the community. Talking to the person at risk with empathy, listening non-judgmentally along with guidance to seek professional help as soon as possible will be of great help in drawing away them from any harm.
The program was live streamed on our Institute Facebook Page and could be viewed in the following link https://www.facebook.com/Aiimsgkp19/videos/371408020687844/
The program received a good response from participants both online and offline. More than 300 people viewed the live streaming on Facebook. The program concluded with an active discussion.