‘One person commits suicide every 40 seconds’

IMPHAL, 8th Oct: Indian Psychiatric Society Manipur State Branch secretary Dr S Gojendra has stated that one person commits suicide every 40 seconds in India.
Ahead of the World Mental Health Day observance on October 10, National Mental Health Programme of NHM Manipur, Indian Psychiatric Society Manipur State Branch and We Care Counselling Centre jointly organised a State Level Open Symposium Competition on the topic, ‘Role of different stakeholders in suicide prevention’, at Amity Hall of Adimjati Complex here Tuesday.
RIMS Psychiatric Department HOD Prof RK Lenin, Indian Psychiatric Society Manipur State Branch president Dr S Manikanta and AIR Imphal transmission executive Sapam Dorendro attended the Symposium as judges. In all, 36 people took part in the competition.
Speaking at the occasion, Dr Gojendra informed that World Mental Health Day for this year would be observed on theme of suicide prevention. As such, the symposium was organised with the aim of preventing suicides in the state.
Informing that a suicide is committed every 40 seconds in India, the secretary said that the causes are most of the time related to depression, stress and drugs abuse. A person under the influence of drugs is unable to control his thoughts and undergoes psychological change, which often leads to suicidal thoughts. In addition, people with chronic or terminal diseases also commit suicide, he added.
Contending that mass awareness is necessary to prevent suicides, Dr Gojendra emphasised on spreading awareness on the matter from primary level onwards.

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