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Word, reel to mend lives

Jamshedpur, April 6: An NGO and a filmmaker today joined the crusade to check student suicides in the city, where the malaise has assumed epidemic proportions.

While women’s NGO Inner Wheel Club of Jamshedpur’s youth wing Zest handed out leaflets and conducted a counselling for students and their parents at Carmel Junior College, a short film by a Tata Motors was screened at Little Flower School in Telco.

Nearly 1,000 leaflets were given to parents and students at the Sonari college.

“We were invited by the school principal, Sister Sylvie. We will continue to distribute the leaflets informing students and parents about steps to counter depression and offering tips on effective communication between them. We will also conduct counselling sessions for students who contact us,” said Sukanya Das, president of Zest.

Besides Das, Ujjwala Kumar Asundi, executive committee member of the club, will be interacting with students.

Both are psychology graduates and have been trained in counselling.

The club will be conducting similar drives, including counselling, at Loyola School and Sacred Heart Convent later this month.

“We will conduct such sessions in both Hindi and English medium schools and colleges,” added Das.

Their initiative follows campaigns by corporates like Tata Steel and suicide prevention centre Jeevan that installed awareness boards at various schools.

The common thread has been a stress on bridging gaps and encouraging more communication between teenagers and their parents, the absence of which is seen as one of the prime reasons that drive adolescents to extreme steps.

Tata Motors employee Mantu Kumar’s Nasoor, which was screened at Little Flower School, also dwells on the increasing distances between parents and youths and how it affects youngsters who go astray.

The 36-minute film — written, directed and produced by Kumar under the banner of Godhuli Films — has already been screened at Kerala Public School (Gamharia, Seraikela-Kharsawan) and Carmel School (Dhanbad).

Over 200 students of Classes VIII to XII in Little Flower School watched the film, which will also be screened at other city cradles including Kerala Samajam Model School (Sakchi) and Jamshedpur Public School (Baridih).

“The film portrays how youths are influenced by western cultures. They take to harmful habits, dishonesty and immorality, all the while keeping their parents in the dark. I hope the film will encourage students and parents to think positive,” said Kumar.


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