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Debate focus on student suicide

The suicide capital is slowly becoming aware of the noose around its neck.

Parents, teachers and students of Jamshedpur will come together on Saturday to discuss the reasons that force people to kill themselves, courtesy Jeevan.

The counselling and suicide prevention centre will organise a debate on the topic ‘Who is responsible for the high level of stress among students’ at Kerala Samajam auditorium to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.

With students significantly contributing to the climbing suicide graph, the event will see teenagers, parents and teachers debating issues that prompt people to take the drastic step. The debate is aimed at delving into human minds and coming up with better ideas to counsel students.

“We want to have a better peek into the mind of parents, teachers and students. Since representatives from all the three sections of society will speak on the topic, we will get an overall view or maybe a different aspect to the problem. This will help us find out better ways to tackle the situation,” said director of Jeevan M. Ram.

“The participants will examine all aspects of the topic, which will give us an idea about what they think about their role in curbing suicides,” said C.S. Vaidyanathan, a member of Jeevan.

Jamshedpur has witnessed a rise in suicide rate of late. The number, which stood at 173 in 2008 and 136 in 2009, went up to 200 in 2010. Forty-three out of the 200 victims were students. In 2011 (till July), the figure touched 124, out of which 30 are students.

On an average, Jeevan gets 200 calls a year.

“Although the volunteers try their best to counsel people, it is difficult to monitor how many have normal stress levels and how many have fallen prey to depression,” Vaidyanathan added.

However, members of Jeevan said schools are trying their best to co-operate in their various activities. Jeevan has also proposed schools to come up with a stress management cell in educational institutions across the city. The initiative has been taken to empower schools in managing stress and depression, which will help in bringing down the rate of teenage suicide in the city.

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