Are nuclear families pushing teens towards suicide?
Coal Belt DIG Lakshman Prasad Singh at least thought so at a seminar on suicide prevention held at Bokaro’s Kala Kendra on Sunday.
And Singh had solid reasons to support his point too.
“The causes of suicides these days are mainly family disputes, failure in exams, failed relationships or financial losses. Yet somewhere the concept of nuclear families too has started playing a part in generation of suicidal tendencies,” Singh said.
He added that in a joint family, elders like uncles and grandfathers often acted as pillars of support for the kids when they have an argument with their parents. But in nuclear families with no one to guide them the children often got discontented and frustrated. He also appealed to the parents to have lesser expectations from their wards.
The event was organised by Sanjivani, a new suicide prevention centre that has come up in Bokaro, whose director R.N. Burnwal said that they would soon hire volunteers to expand their base.
“We currently run out of the family counselling centre of Bokaro city police station. But we will soon hire volunteers to lend an ear out to all those who need us,” he said.
Sanjivani’s toll-free helpline number is 06542-287111.