Ramdas Bhatta residents attend a session on suicide prevention last month
The urban services wing of Tata Steel and Jeevan are set to enter a new phase in their joint crusade against suicides.
After conducting counselling sessions for steel city residents reeling under stress and depression, the duo will now reach out to Tata Steel employees. Jeevan representatives have already had a session with the steel behemoth’s human resource officials on August 20 and will soon speak to employees at the accounts department.
“We want the campaign to reach out to as many people as possible. So we plan to involve the employees as well,” said Ravi Shankar Pandey, senior manager of urban services, Tata Steel.
Jeevan director M. Ram has coined a new slogan that sums up their aim to prevent the depressed and the stressed from giving into the death wish. The slogan goes De assi nabbai par dhyan, humein bachana unki jaan.
“Assi here refers to the 80 per cent of victims, who show visible signs of depression before attempting suicides. Nabbai (ninety) per cent people who attempt suicides survive. However, these people are likely to attempt it again. If we are able to read the symptoms, we can save these people,” said Ram, adding that once employees were counselled, they could spread the message among their family members.
In 2013 alone, there have been 137 suicide deaths in Jamshedpur. While 84 of the victims are females, 53 are males.
The deceased include 29 students.
Incidentally, on June 28, a former Tata Steel official, Charudatta Despande, was found hanging at his Vasai residence in Mumbai.
No suicide note was recovered, but the Tatas had set up a committee to probe allegations that Deshpande was a victim of harassment.
Last month, in a bid to contain the spurt in suicides, Tata Steel’s urban services wing and Jeevan launched an awareness programme at Ramdas Bhatta Community Centre.