Suicide prevention awareness seminar held

Suicide prevention awareness seminar held
Vice chancellor Dr. Gnaradurai releasing the “Prism Magazine” at the Seminar on Awareness about Suicide & Prevention. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEPT 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/7/2018 12:29:33 PM IST

With the world observing “World Suicide Prevention Week”, St. Joseph University (SJU), Virgin town, Ikishe model village Dimapur conducted a one day seminar on “Awareness about Suicide and Prevention” here on Friday at the university seminar hall. The seminar was organised by the department of psychology and counselling SJU.

During the seminar, vice chancellor SJU, Dr. Gnaradurai also released a magazine “Prism” by the department of psychology and counselling. While lauding the department for initiating the program, the vice chancellor spoke on ‘Emotional Intelligence’ of a person. 

He opined that the main reason a person commits suicide is related to the emotional intelligence of the person. When a person fails to properly maintain emotional intelligence, they fail to tolerate mental pressure and spoil their life. 

Head of department, psychology and counselling, Dr. Watinaro while giving the seminar presentation, emphasized on “Assessment and Intervention”. Speaking on myths about suicide, she said that people who die by suicide don’t give warning signs. She stated that people who talk about suicide are just attention seekers, saying that talking about suicide might give someone the idea to do it. According to Dr. Watinaro, anyone can be at risk irrespective of age, gender etc. She also spoke on changes in physical appearance, actions, and feelings. Watinaro said that suicide could be prevented by being aware of our tone and expression towards the person, being non judgemental, emphatic listening, and refraining from advising, interrogating and lecturing.

Assistant professor, Ruovizokhonuo, giving a presentation on “Suicide Statistical Data” explained that according to a research conducted by WHO in 2016, two out of every three person are depressed. She stated that the male ratio in the rate of suicide was higher than female. She also reported that according to the research conducted by National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) in 2015, Nagaland was the second least suicidal state with 0.9% behind Bihar which is 0.5%. 

However, Nagaland has experienced an increase of 61.5% in suicide cases with 13 cases compared to a 2014 research.

Speaking on the “Signs and Symptoms” of suicide, assistant professor, Vetalia explained that a person starts to engage himself/herself in negative talk, collect materials to harm themselves, begin risky behaviour, live in isolation, self harm, sleep, cultivates mood swings, hopelessness, self criticism, emotional pain, untreated mental disorders, etc.

Assistant professor, Sopfunno spoke on “Biology of suicide”. Through a slideshow presentation, she analyzed for the audience, the brains of depressed suicide attempters and depressed persons who have never attempted suicide.

Assistant professor, Beni Seb also speaking on “Psycho-social factors” brought up issues of a stressful life, events like loss, abuse and chronic physical illness. She dwelt on the topic workplace stress like job strain and occupational uncertainty. According to Lancet Psychiatry 2015, she stated that unemployment causes 45,000 suicides in a year. She also spoke about interpersonal relationships like family factors, romantic relationships, bullying, role of media, and mental illness.


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