'Proper counselling for people with suicidal tendencies important'

IMPHAL, September 10: A person with suicidal tendency or anyone who had tried to kill himself needs proper care and counselling, JNIMS Medical Superintendent Professor W Gopimohon Singh said during an observation of the “World Suicide Prevention Day, 2013”, under the theme “Stigma: A major barrier to suicide prevention” organized by the Department of Psychiatry at JNIMS conference hall today.

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are co-sponsoring World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10.

He continued that the lack of access to appropriate care is one of the many factors that magnify the stigma associated with mental illness and suicidal tendency and behaviour and observed that10 percent people who die by suicide are due to mental illness.

The goal of such programs is to increase public awareness of the characteristics and treatment of people with mental illnesses or suicidal behaviour, and of the available treatment resources to help individuals with such problems, he said.

Speaking at the function professor, Director JNIMS L Chandramani said around the globe every three minute a suicide is recorded; person with suicidal tendency should be provided proper guidance to rectify and come to normal life, he added.  

According to the WHO and the latest Burden of Disease Estimation, suicide is a major public health problem in the world and over the years it is on the increase. It happens especially among young people in the age group 15-44 years, he said.

Professor M Shyamo Singh said over 100,000 people die by suicide in India every year. 10% of suicide related deaths in the world are Indian, during 1997 to 2007 suicides rate in India increased by 28%.

He continued that the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal reported suicide frequency of 5.1 per 100 cases attending casualty department from October 2004 to September 2005 and many suicide cases are not reported. 

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