Imphal, Sept 10
World Suicide Prevention Day under the theme ‘Working together to prevent suicide’ organised jointly by National Mental Health Programme, State Health Society, NHM Manipur and Indian Psychiatric Society, Manipur State Branch was held today at IMA Hall, Lamphelpat.
Addressing the function as the Chief Guest Director of Health Services, Manipur Dr K Rajo stressed that socio economic changes, stress and strains are the risk factors of suicide. He added that mental illness like depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, impulsive disorder and substance abuses also increases the case of suicide.
Highlighting the highest frequency of suicide he said that teenagers are the highest in committing suicide though few old aged can commit such an act.
Being the 13th largest kills Rajo said that an individual died due to suicide every 40 second.
He also said that a person who previously attempted suicide is likely to attempt suicide again and added that an awareness to prevent such suicide attempt is needed by all the stakeholders.
Pointing out that suicide mainly occur due to mental illness Rajo said that early detection and treatment can prevent a person from committing suicide.
He also said that there is a need to better the socio economic condition of the people and the awareness needs to be spread by the media also.
Rajo further stressed that there is an urgent need to stop drug abuse as the suicide tendency is very high for those abuser.
He assured that it is 100 percent preventable.
Rajo concluded that good health cannot be obtained without good mental health.
The function was attended by President of Indian Psychiatric Society Manipur Branch Dr. S. Manikanta, Additional Director of Health Service Manipur Dr. P Shyamsunder, Prof & HOD of Department of Psychiatry, RIMS Dr. Lenin and HOD of Department of Psychiatry, JNIMS Dr. K. Santibala as the presidium members.
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