Mangaluru, Sep 28, 2017: A suicide Lifeline, a 24x7 hotline that persons in distress can call to seek solace and to help them reorient their suicidal ideation, will be launched on October 1, Sunday at 5 pm by Mangaluru North MLA Moidin Bava at The Forum Fizza Mall.
Suicide Lifeline is an initiative of Susheg Charitable Trust, in collaboration with St. Agnes College, St. Aloysius College, Roshini Nilaya and a number of concerned citizens. The primary goal of the Suicide Lifeline is to prevent suicide and promote mental health and well-being.
A survey on mental health and well-being of 1016 students between the ages of 14-25 years of Mangaluru by Roshan Monteiro, Sr. Marie Evelyn A.C., & Dr. Lavina Noronha conducted in March 2017 was a precursor to the setting up of the Suicide Lifeline. Preliminary analysis of the results indicate that 4.52 percent of students surveyed have a history of past suicide attempt and a significant number (6.79%) of students have suicidal ideation.
The Lifeline number 0824-2983444 will be publicised though Social Media Networks, local Television Channels, News Networks, digital and print media. Those in distress are encouraged to call the life line which will be available to distressed callers 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Professionally trained multilingual operators with excellent communication skills will be the frontline recipients of the distress calls. The call will immediately be transferred to a trained volunteer who will also be working in shifts 24X7 and who will then respond and assist the caller according to a protocol – Confidentiality and immediacy are the cornerstones of this protocol. Three batches of volunteers have been intensively trained and a fourth batch of training is being conducted this week.
There will also be one back up clinician available for consultation and assistance to the volunteers. If lethality is assessed to be high, the volunteer will consult the back-up clinician, and the phone line coordinator who will make arrangements for immediate intervention, evacuation and/or emergency medical assistance. Police assistance will be sought by the clinical supervisor/operator if the situation demands.