Students of ADLS Sunshine School attend the counselling session on Monday. (Bhola Prasad)
From plays to pledges, talks to “trust knots” — some Jamshedpur schools and social organisations hosted a number of programmes on World Suicide Prevention Day to curb the death wish among teenagers.
Instead, the message they spread was — love precious life and accept failures with humility, which shall help one fight stress and thus, overcome the urge to end one’s life.
If students of ADLS Sunshine School tied bharosa ganth, the “trust knot”, on the wrist of their parents as a mark of promise that they would never end their lives, but discuss the problems, those at DBMS English School presented a nukkad natak during the assembly. Jeevan, the suicide prevention and counselling centre, organised a panel discussion at Kerala Public School, Kadma.
ADLS Sunshine School dedicated the whole day to talks, debates, film screening and pledges to inform the students about the consequences of suicide. The discussions also sought to find out the reason as to why such a problem at all exists in the society.
“These days, even a four-year-old child demands a bike which means that there is something seriously wrong in the society. Children should always accept what they cannot do. The pinnacle is not meant for everybody but a handful of them. What we can do best is create our own pinnacle and set examples,” said president (group HR) of Adhunik Industries, B.N. Sarangi, who was the speaker at the talk session.
M.K. Sahoo, head of Tata Main Hospital’s psychiatry department, also discussed the problems with students.
The students also appreciated the school’s efforts of taking that extra step to teach them that life is precious.
“The bharosa ganth programme touched us. It was really emotional as we tied the trust knot on our parents’ wrist, promising to never kill ourselves,” said Mohammad Nafisuddin, a Class X student of ADLS Sunshine School.
Students of DBMS English School, on the other hand, performed a nukkad natak titled Anmol Jeevan as part of the awareness programme. The skit showed how parents overlooked their child’s aspirations and that the situation could improve through discussions and understanding each other’s problem.
Dayanand Public School also organised a counselling session by Nandita Sinha, a city-based psychologist who discussed the problems with students of classes X, XI and XII.
“The students put forward a lot of interesting questions through which we could analyse their problems. We are also planning a session with the parents next week,” said Swarna Mishra, principal of Dayanand Public School.
Suicide prevention centre Jeevan, along with Kerala Public School, organised a panel discussion on “Causes and solutions to acute unrest among youngsters today”.