Jamshedpur, Sep 9: City-based suicide prevention centre Jeevan has saved 700 lives from committing suicide in the last 15 years of its establishment. Moreover, around 10,000 people have contacted the centre so far to seek counseling. On the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day, the centre shared its achievements.
Director of Jeevan J R Jain said that the Jeevan has played a key role to curb rising suicides in the city especially youths. In the last 15 years, the centre has been able to save the lives of 700 people. “ Around 700 people were those who wanted to end their lives but our volunteers managed to counsel and motivate them to lead a healthy life,” said Jain.
Mahabir Ram, founder director, Jeevan said that their centre is working hard to create awareness and stop the menace but still a lot needs to be done. He said that media can play a key role to control suicide. Ram noted that the media must follow responsible reporting/
“When the media publishes repeated stories about a death or attempt in explicit detail, the vulnerable may be pushed over the edge and copy what they read or see. These are called imitative suicides. The need of the hour is to create a stress free environment,” said Ram.
Promisingly, the media also has the ability to be a powerful ally in suicide prevention. By simply providing contact information of support services for people in distress, dispelling common myths on suicide and sharing stories of individuals who have overcome suicidal thoughts, journalists and media houses can save lives.
On the occasion, chief guest ADC Parmeshwar Bhagat felicitated the media personnel for their contribution.
Meanwhile, Jeevan will observe World Suicide Prevention Day tomorrow by organising a session on Emotional Fitness. It will be addressed by film director Imtiaz Ali and psychologist Rita Aggarwal.
Situated at 25, Q Road, Bistupur, suicide prevention centre Jeevan reopened on August 30. The centre is offering face to face befriending too now apart from on calls and on whatsapp every day from 2 pm to 6 pm. Jeevan volunteers are available at 9297777499, 9297777500 (only call), 9955377500, 9955435500 (call or WhatsApp).