Sunday, January 15, 2012

Prevention of Suicidal Death

Suicide is the act of intentionally or deliberately terminating one's own life. The World Health Organization Report estimates that each year approximately 1 million people commit suicide. Suicide is now among the three leading causes of death between both sexes aged 15-44 years. Prevention of Suicidal Deaths has become a major public health issue.
Suicidal behavior is any deliberate action with potentially life-threatening consequences. Suicide is a complex problem for which there is no one explanation. There is no single reason why a person commits suicide. Suicide results due to a complex interaction of biological, genetic, psychological, social, cultural, and environmental factors. No single factor has gained acceptance as a universal cause of suicide. Suicide often is a choice that people make, as they see no other alternatives.
Most people who make this choice of committing suicide or try to attempt it do that as they see no alternative at that moment and feel helpless. Most people don't do it with the intention of killing oneself.  The impact of this act is that it can be sudden and often an unexpected-hence if death occurs it devastates the victims --families, friends and the near and dear ones. 
Suicide has been well researched and International experience shows that timely interventions can reduce death or injury due to suicide or attempt to suicide.  A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn't mean that help isn't wanted. Most people who commit suicide don't want to die - they commit or try to attempt suicide, as at that moment they feel helpless, or see no other alternative. Timely intervention can prevent suicide. 

In order to provide timely help to a person in need of emotional support and prevent suicide Makro Foundation has initiated the Suicide Prevention Helpline. 
 If any one is considering suicide, or knows any other person who is thinking on the same lines you can just approach us by calling our suicidal prevention helpline and seek help and save yourself or a life. It’s just a phone call away.  Makro Foundation has initiated this easy to access Suicide Prevention Helpline with an aim to: 
  • Understand and prevent suicide
  • Reach out to those whose lives have been impacted by suicide and connecting them to available resources.
  • Reaching out to people with mood disorders.
  • Increasing awareness and education and strengthening of social support and community networks.
  • Increasing public awareness of mental health issues and improving both quality and quantity of mental health services.
  • Empowering professionals by training them on the issue of emotional health.
 Please note: Talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life--- We are just a call away! DIAL 040-4600 4600 for talking to us! For further details log on to: www.suicidehelpdesk.org

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