Teenagers these days might have 1,000 virtual pals, but do they have real friends to share their problems with?
To help Jamshedpur students fight suicidal tendencies, city-based outfit Jeevan has decided to start a ‘competition’ where schools and colleges would promote stress management on campus.
The suicide prevention outfit is already in talks with a number of institutions.
Jeevan will send questionnaires to the institutions asking them what steps they have taken to reduce stress among students.
Founder-director of the outfit M.Ram said the move was aimed at checking the suicide surge among youngsters in the steel city.
“Suicide rate is more in colleges than in schools. So, we are trying to motivate institutions to take better care of their students. We will soon mail a questionnaire to all schools and colleges. Based on the institutions’ response, we will recognise them in September,” Ram said. He added that the cradle which had the best blueprint for stress management on campus would get a trophy.
Ram further said that Jeevan was working on setting up stress management centres in various parts of the city.
“At the same time, schools can counsel parents and help them understand child psychology. Parenting in modern times requires adequate attention and rejig,” he said.
“Positive parenting creates a healthy home atmosphere. It can go a long way in helping children tackle stress,” he added.
The proposed stress management centres will cater to all age groups.
Regular discussions, workshops on stress management, yoga, meditation, spiritualism would be some of the activities pursued at the anti-stress zones.
“We are in discussions with schools and corporate houses so that we can have stress management centres where professional counselling is available at a nominal rate of Rs 100,” said Ram.
Over the past few years, Jamshedpur has seen a significant rise in suicide cases.
The year 2014 has so far witnessed 73 suicides. Eight of the victims were students.
The number of calls that Jeevan receives in a year shows a growing trend of stress.
The suicide prevention centre, which received 263 calls on its helpline in 2012, got 503 calls in 2013.