Mangaluru, oct 2,2017: The Susheg Charitable Trust in collaboration with the Post-graduate department of Psychology, St Agnes College, the Post-graduate department of Social Work, St Aloysius College, and the Post-graduate departments of Counseling and Social Work, Roshni Nilaya, officially launched the ’Suicide Lifeline’ 0824-2983444 which will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The official inauguration held at Forum Fiza Mall on Oct 1, Sunday. It brought in a new confidence and assistance for all citizens in such emergencies which can happen to all types of humans.
Professionally trained multi-language operators with well honed and alert communication skills will be the front line recipients of the calls. The call will immediately be transferred to a suitable qualified and trained olunteer who will respond and assist the caller according to a well charted protocol, soothing and reassuring any one in need on the spot, all it takes is a call to this helpline in the city which insures total confidently. All needed back up and support will be offered to the needy without questions.
Inauguration : The chief guests Dr. C K Ballal, leading neurosurgeon in the city and Rev.John Fernandes, author, former chair in Christianity and well known priest of Mangaluru did the honours and spoke stressing the focus of reducing suicides and promote mental health. Dr.Lavina Noronha, Loretta Pinto, Roshan Monteiro and several of Susheg Charitable Trust took the lead. Many support services are needed at this early stage, one may contact through email:firstname.lastname@example.org or the life line number provided.
Note : Surveys on mental health and well-being of 1016 students between the ages of 14-25 years of Mangaluru was conducted recently, analysis indicates that 4.52 percent of the students surveyed have a history of a past suicide attempt and a significant number of students (6.79 percent) have suicidal thoughts and imagination.
Suicide has emerged as a major problem, these days the ’Blue whale’ scare is consuming social media and debates. According to one survey, about 8, 00,000 people commit suicide worldwide every year and of these, 1, 35,000(17%) are from India. All can play a role and contribute to this vital effort.