September 9, 2018

Working Together to Prevent Suicide”

I am glad to participate along with my daughter and friends for the 2k walk at Jalavihar, Necklace Road, Hyderabad on the 9 September, 2018 at 7 a.m.  September 10th being the International Suicide Prevention day, this year theme was "Working Together to Prevent Suicide”  The representations were Institute of Mental Health, Private Psychiatric Associations, PG Medical Psychiatry students, College Youth, NGOs and various other associations. This event was represented by the #YWCAofsecunderabad.

The Chief Guest was Sri T Muralikrishna IPS, Additional Commissioner of Police Admin & Coordination, Hyderabad city. The guest of honor was Dr K Chandrasekhar, Chairman Telengana Psychiatric Hospitals and Nursing homes Associations with special invitees Dr M S Reddy, National President, Indian Psychiatric Society, Dr Umashanker, Past President Indian Psychiatric Society Telengana State Branch. The dignitaries were welcomed Dr George Reddy, Gen. Secretary, Indian Psychiatric Society Telengana state branch.

 The chief guest spoke about the need to work together, and to create awareness for referrals in the city and also stated that the police department wants to come up with a directory of available services to help those in need and prevent suicide. All the dignitaries on the dais shared the importance of preventing suicide and spreading awareness at all levels.

What was most inspiring to me was a youth who shared  his personal life story : losing his parents at an early age, he felt like an orphan and thought there is no one here on this earth to love him and take care of him, feeling dejected, hopeless he felt it was not worth living and was getting into depression and attempted to end his life; at this point of time in his life, his aunt assured him and helped him to take treatment with one of the psychiatrist in the city ( who was present for the walk). He expressed his gratitude and said that there is always help available and each one of us can make a difference wherever we are placed in life.

I took opportunity to talk about the Sahayam Counseling centre, Osmania University and the kind of issues we deal with. Also about the #YWCAofsecunderabad (Young Women Christian Association) who respond to various issues – I felt privilege to be working with the Indian Psychiatric Association, Telengana State Branch who are connected with Sahayam & YWCA of Secunderabad.

I am also eagerly looking forward to spread awareness through Rainbow FM – All India Radio who have invited us to talk about suicide on the occasion of the International Day on Suicide Prevention that falls on the 10 September every year.

Few quotes to inspire:

You have the power to say, “This is not how my story will end.”

Place your hand over your heart, can you feel it? That is called purpose. You’re alive for a reason so don’t ever give up.

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.
Suicide doesn’t end the pain, it just passes it on to someone else.
“Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem”.

Say Yes to Life! NO TO SUICIDE …



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