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How Can Suicide be Prevented?

Out of the 8 lakh people who commit suicide every year, 1.35 lakh are Indians. The suicide rate in India has touched 10.3 per 1 lakh people and it is the 10th leading cause for premature deaths in India.  The leading cause of suicide is depression in people- a sense of helplessness accompanied by a feeling of being worthless.

Withdrawal from social environment, Engagement in Self-harm, self-destructive behavior, communication of suicidal ideation (eg. Talking about wanting to die, feeling hopeless and empty), saying bye to loved ones, excessive substance abuse- all these are common signs that a person may be suicidal and that the person needs help immediately.

In India, the suicide rates among the youngsters are on the rise. It is important now more than ever to spread awareness regarding suicide prevention and try to bring the stigma attached to it, to an end.

In India, there are many suicide helplines which can be called by those who are suffering as well as by the people who are concerned for the lives of their friends and family members who may be needing help.

Here is information on some helplines that can be called for support:

Aasra:  
Helpline: 022-27546669
E mail aasrahelpline@yahoo.com
Address 104, Sunrise Arcade
Plot No. 100
Sector 16
Koparkhairane
Navi Mumbai-400709

Sneha:
Helpline: 044-24640050, 044-24640060
E mail help@snehaindia.org
Address #11, Park View Road
R.A. Puram
Chennai-600028
 
Maithri:
Helpline: 0484-2540530
E-mail maithrihelp@gmail.com
Address ICTA Shantigram
Changampuzha Nagar (P.O.)
Kalamassery
Kochi 682033

Roshni:
Helpline: +919166202000, +919127848584
E-mail help@roshnihyd.org
Address 1-8-303/48/21 Kalavathy Nivas
Sindhi Colony
S.P. Road
Secunderabad 500003
 
Sahai:
Helpline: 080-25497777
Website: www.mpa.org.in
Address- 47 Pottery Road
Frazer Town
Bangalore – 560005
 

Saath:
Helpline: +917926305544, +917926300222
Address- B12 Nilamber Complex
H.L. Commerce College Road
Navrangpura
Ahmedabad-380006

References: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml; http://indianexpress.com/article/trending/this-is-serious/list-of-suicide-helplines-in-india/; http://www.ourindia.com/index.php/centres/






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