Suicide is no solution, students told
Need for counselling:Students should be happy and respect their lives.
With growing number of suicidal tendencies among youngsters, students of Loyola Academy organized a two-day psycho-social awareness programme to expose the youth to identification, intervention and prevention of suicides at its campus.
The students' programme was supported by faculty of the Department of Psychology. At the concluding day of the programme, the students took a “pledge for life”.
Speaking on the occasion, Principal Dr S Emmanuel said that all students should be happy and respect their lives. “Students should undergo such programmes regularly,” he said. As part of the programme, the students put up informative charts, posters and screened short films on prevention of suicides among adolescents.
Introducing the topic to the audience, Dr. P. Veeraja Rao, Head, Department of Psychology, explained the importance of seeking professional help. Rev Fr C J John, Correspondent, referring to the media reports about suicides said that we should look into the reasons that made the youngsters resort to such steps.
These reasons could lead to solutions, he said. “Many think suicide is an option. If it is an option then there are other choices as well,” said Fr. K A Stanislaus, Vice-Principal, Loyola PG College. Dr Diana Monteiro, Counsellor, Sahayam, OU Counselling Centre, Hyderabad, made a presentation on how students can make a difference to their friends and relatives who have suicidal tendencies. She gave a 3As mantra (ask, appeal and assist) which could save a live.
The programme illuminated the weight of the subject and educated the students about taking notice of such tendencies and taking action to save lives.
A film made by students on prevention of suicides was screened to mark the conclusion of the programme.
R. RAVIKANTH REDDY
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