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Counsel help for citizens

Jamshedpur-based welfare outfits are leaving no stone unturned to arrest the steel city’s suicide surge.

Suicide prevention outfit Jeevan, which already runs two helplines for people under depression, now aims to set up counselling centres across the city. For this purpose, it is trying to join hands with schools and social outfits in various corners of the city to ensure that stressed people have help close at hand.

“We have already approached a few schools and alumni outfits, but are yet to chalk out a proper plan. It’s a noble endeavour and any organisation can join it,” said M. Ram, one of the founders of Jeevan and the secretary of the trustee committee.

Ram added that the core committee of Jeevan had identified residential areas in the neighbourhoods of Telco, Bagbera, Adityapur and Baridih to set up the counselling centres. Jeevan will be providing interested organisations with volunteers and technical expertise. The suicide prevention outfit has also approached corporate houses for funds.

“The centres must run like medical clinics and should charge nominal fee for professional counselling. Such steps would encourage people under stress to approach them,” he said.

Jeevan, however, is not the lone crusader against suicides in the steel city.

Association of Sacred Heart Alumni (ASHA), the alumni outfit of Sacred Heart Convent School, has started grooming teachers into counsellors so that they can help students cope with depression.

The alumni outfit, whose office is located on the school campus, organises training sessions twice a month and expects to have a workforce of 40 in a year.

“We started training teachers from this month so that they can provide professional help to children under depression,” said G. Lalita, an ASHA member.

She added that they had joined hands with teachers from 24 schools.

“We work on the basis of case studies and real life situations. Soon, we will have a team of teachers who can double up as counsellors,” Lalita added.