World Suicide Prevention Day observed at District Hospital Chandel
Dr Serthani Serbum emphasised that the general public should be more cautious about signs and warning of suicide in order to prevent suicide.
District Health Society, District Mental Programme, Chandel observed World Suicide Prevention Day at District Hospital Chandel under the theme ‘Creating Hope through Action’ on Saturday.
Chief medical officer Chandel Dr Serthani Serbum; medical superintendent Joyson Mathew; associate professor UCC Mobershing Monsang and district nodal officer, District Mental Health Programme, Chandel Kh Robindro Singh attended the function as chief guest, president and guest of honour respectively.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Serthani Serbum emphasised that the general public should be more cautious about signs and warning of suicide in order to prevent suicide. She also expressed her willingness to organise more such awareness programme at village level to sensitise the village about suicide and its prevention.
Dr Joyson Mathew Monsang stressed on medical professionals, nurses and help desk staff to take proper case history of any patient who come to hospital for treatment to find out any tendency of suicide. According to him, proper counselling must also be given to the patient brought to hospital with attempted suicide or survivor to avoid future attempts.
Guest of honour Mobershing Monsang expressed his view that unemployment is also a major cause of suicide among youths in particular. He emphasised that the NGOs, doctors, church etc have important role to play in curbing suicide while speaking on the occasion.
It is worth mentioning that World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) was first launched in the year 2003 on September 10 by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) in collaboration with WHO and World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH). International Association for Suicide Prevention announced the theme for the years 2021-2023 ‘Creating Hopes through Action.’