Udupi, March 8, 2016 : Sana Iqbal of Hyderabad, who is on this mission on her bike, reached Udupi on Mar 7, Monday and was met by many. She has chosen a unique way to create awareness against depression and prevent suicide.
She shared information that she started her special journey on November 23, 2015 from Goa and has covered a distance of 17,000 kms so far visiting more than 47 cities, including Delhi and Mumbai. The journey will culminate at Hyderabad by the end of May, she added. Sana also plans to open a counseling centre after her sojourn.
Sana is a postgraduate in Psychology, said the shocking increase in the number of depression patients and suicide victims motivated her to create awareness on this condition. She chose to fulfil her objective while she rode on her bike to cities across the country. She has been moving within the country and conducting discussions.
She said, "Increase in workload among private company employees is the main reason for depression, which in turn leads to suicidal tendencies. Creating awareness on how depression can spoil lives is necessary and suicide is not the solution to any problem. I have interacted with students of 80 colleges regarding this issue."
She said her parents, both advocates based in Hyderabad, were initially reluctant with the idea, but later on agreed to support her. Sana said she has spent about Rs 6 lakh to accomplish this ride.
Message : “My message is that suicide is a not solution. Youth must be told about various options and solutions. It is essential to help those in depression by making them realise that there is a solution to every problem. I consider it my social responsibility to do so.”
After the completion of her journey, she will counsel students and employees of information technology and biotechnology firms. During her motorcycle journey, she had also addressed college students at various places
“Many students have talked to me with an open mind and shared their problems,” she said. Sana Iqbal added that she had been interested in motorcycle riding since a young age. It later became a passion with her. “I ride about 350 to 500 km a day,” she stated.