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Free life coaching comes to state’s suicide town

- Former Tata Motors executive launches My Listening Post for steel hub’s troubled minds, more cities on radar

An appreciative listener is always stimulating, English crime novelist Agatha Christie had once said.

In a city like Jamshedpur, where almost every morning tea brings the shock of suicide news with it, one cannot underestimate the power of listening that can strongly deflect negative energy of the body and mind.

Realising that the steel hub, which has notched 103 death wishes till June this year, has a crunch of good listeners, Chandreshwar Khan — a former assistant general manager of Tata Motors and a Rotarian — on Sunday launched what he calls ‘My Listening Post’, a platform where everyone would be heard. Former MP Ajoy Kumar did the honours at a Sakchi hotel.

“The reality of life is that we have very time or space for anyone — sometimes even for our own self. A fast life has its own advantages and disadvantages. Emotional distress is routine in both personal and professional lives. My Listening Post is not a mere counselling centre. It is a free platform at our Bistupur office where you will be heard to be understood and not judged,” said Khan who has also been a management consultant.

In recent years, the steel city has earned the dubious distinction of being the suicide capital of Jharkhand. Figures available with lifeline centre Jeevan suggest crests and troughs in the toll. In 2007, 167 people killed themselves in Jamshedpur; and the number was higher at 173 in 2008. A year later, it plunged to 136, but again rose to 200 in 2010, 206 in 2011, 208 in 2012 and 216 in 2013.

Of the 103 who committed suicide this year, 16 were students. The number of such youngsters was also 16 in 2007, eight in 2008, 14 in 2009, 43 in 2010, 39 in 2011, 32 in 2012 and 40 in 2013.

The reasons behind this canker of death wish have been varied, ranging from peer pressure to domestic disputes to professional inefficiency.

Khan and his team of like-minded friends and psychologists intend to analyse behaviour and groom personality in a scientific way for anyone who chooses to approach them.

“My Listening Post will provide shared views for improving quality of life, making it more balanced and helping people manage internal conflicts. It will help one identify one’s personal strength and develop ways to live and let live. It will provide an opportunity to learn and create options for better decisions, improve thought processes and inculcate courage, conviction and confidence to bust negative emotion,” underscored Khan.

My Listening Post will first approach corporate executives for whom the training module will deal with personal effectiveness, managerial effectiveness, time management, balanced work, quality management and much more. It has been launched with the objective to spread wings across the state and country, Khan added.

Former super cop Kumar said My Listening Post would teach people of Jamshedpur how to lead a better life. “These days even celebrities have life and behaviour coaches. One may think one has the best manners, but it may not always be true. Since most people here cannot afford personal life coaches, the platform is their ray of hope.”

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