Nagaland: To raise awareness about suicides/suicide attempts and promote preventive measures aimed at reducing the number of suicides and preventing stigma, the District Mental Health Program (DMHP), Kohima and Zunheboto organized a campaign from 10 to 16 September. World Suicide Prevention Week celebrated.
Under the theme ‘Creating hope through action’ the event was organized at All India Radio (AIR) Kohima, Mount Olive College, Don Bosco College Kohima and Mount Hermon Higher Secondary School Kohima.
A press release from DMHP Kohima stated that suicide is a global concern and a serious public health issue, however, there is a lack of understanding about suicide, dispelling myths, warning signs, risks and protective factors of suicidal behavior among young students. By creating awareness about it, it can be prevented. Changing the narrative was one way to move forward.
DMHP Kohima expressed gratitude to the reputed educational institutions and All India Radio Kohima for their unwavering support and encouragement.
Awareness week was organized in Zunheboto at- Cornerstone HSS, Sunbeam High School, Government Middle School South Point East, Study Point Coaching Centre, Zunheboto Town Sumi Baptist Church, Aizuto Youth.
In the campaign, Atolimi I Khujumi clinical psychologist gave information about the causes of suicidal tendencies and preventive steps. He also told about the myths and facts of suicide. Khruvotolu psychiatrist social worker talked about Nagaland Tele-counselling cell and encouraged them to reach out. 526 participants participated in the campaign.