Mangaluru, Sep 29, 2018:Speaking at the World Suicide Prevention Day programme organised by the district administration, the Zilla Panchayat, the district legal services authority, the Department of Information and Public Relations, the Ramakrishna College and the District Wenlock Hospital in Mangaluru on Sept 28, Friday. Principal District and Sessions Judge Kadloor Sathyanarayanacharya called upon students to inculcate humanitarian values in life.
Expressing concern over the erosion of humanitarian values in the society, he said many people take the extreme step of ending their lives due to domestic problem. “We should introspect and find a solution to problems. In spite of many progress and achievements in field of science and technology, we have failed to understand ourselves and others. We have failed to thank the supernatural power that has been responsible for our birth into this world,” he said.
Referring to three students commuting suicide in Dakshina Kannada in the past few days, he said that there is a need to address the issue cautiously in the society.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Kumar said suicide is not the solution to any problem. One should face the problems and find solutions for it. “As soul is not our property, none has the right to kill the soul. There is a need to create awareness among youth to shun suicidal tendencies,” he stressed.
Calling upon the students to be mentally strong and stable, he said physical fitness alone is not sufficient for a sound body.
“Students should develop interest in different subjects in school, college and follow ethics in life to lead a normal life. Developing interest will help in overcoming depression and lead a good life. One should not lose mental stability and fall prey to depression,” the ADC said.
Raising concern over increase in suicidal tendencies among students, he asked whether the education system had failed to teach life skills to students on facing the life boldly.
“Sadly, the educational institutions pressurise students to score good marks in exams rather than excelling in life by being mentally healthy. All the certificates and marks cards are not useful unless one becomes a good human being and good citizen of a country,” explained the officer.
College Principal Prof Prathima Shetty, presiding over the programme, said that there is a need to create awareness among youth about various ways to deal with suicidal tendencies. There is a need to identify the illness as early as possible.