Without Comment: Prevention of suicides should be a foremost priority for all

by R K Garg
Chandigarh, August 28, 2020: While we are holding World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, let’s also look at suicides in Chandigarh.
This year, 87 persons have committed suicide in the UT till now.
For a small UT, the figures of the earlier years are also alarming – 123 in 2016, 113 in 2017, 160 in 2018 and 155 in 2019.
Keeping in view the rising numbers, it is also observed that the UT, though bettered administered, is not able to take sufficient measures to curb suicides.
Generally, a reason for committing suicide could be domestic disputes, affairs, depression, failure in exams, financial or health issues.
Of course, we have several helplines and counselling centres but they are of help to people who can approach them, but there are many who do not know of such facilities and those who are hesitant to come out.
There are many who will make a call or two, but stop when they do not get requisite response.
During the first few months of this year there were a large number of calls on the helpline and from the helpline the information was passed on to the concerned departments.
Some cases were also filed.
Apparently, we cannot deal with suicides in isolation as other factors are also important.
There is a need to review the process of counselling in all institutions.
Another suggestion could be to give widespread publicity of all the measures available to help in prevention of suicides, so that counselling is not considered a taboo.
Let us take a step forward to help all such cases and prevent suicides.
(The views expressed are personal of the author. If you wish to express your opinion, contact R K Garg at rtichd27@gmail.com)

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