B. R. SINGH HOSPITAL ORGANIZED AWARENESS CUM SENSITIZATION PROGRAMME ON WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY, 2023

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Tele-MANAS 14416 a 24×7 mental health helpline- the initiative of Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji's for making mental health care more accessible and affordable for everyone in India- a major step for curbing suicidal deaths.
Tele-MANAS 14416 a 24×7 mental health helpline- the initiative of Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji's for making mental health care more accessible and affordable for everyone in India- a major step for curbing suicidal deaths.
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B. R. SINGH HOSPITAL ORGANIZED AWARENESS CUM SENSITIZATION PROGRAMME ON WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY, 2023

Kolkata, September 10, 2023

On the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day, 2023, Eastern Railway’s B. R. Singh Hospital organized an awareness cum sensitization program at the auditorium of B. R. Singh Hospital/ Eastern Railway 09.09.2023 focusing on Gatekeeper Training for doctors, nursing personnel, and paramedical staff for preventing suicidal deaths. Dr. Indira Jha, Medical Director/B. R. Singh Hospital, Dr. Achintya Sanyal, Chief Medical Superintendent, Dr. Sayantan Saha, Sr. DMO, Paediatrics B. R. Singh Hospital, and other doctors graced the occasion.

Suicide has become a global pandemic and takes a toll of around seven lakh lives per year, the majority of them being young and from low and middle-income countries. Suicide can be prevented by learning the warning signs, promoting prevention and resilience, and committing to social change. World Health Organisation has launched the Mental Health Gap Action Program set Suicide prevention as a primary goal and recommended “Gatekeeper training ” for every nation to curb this growing menace. Gatekeepers are those who are trained to identify persons at risk of suicide and intervene appropriately.

Accordingly, a short presentation on Gatekeeper Training for nursing and paramedical staff of B. R. Singh Hospital was presented by Mr. Maria Shamendra, MSc Nursing (Psychiatry), Nursing Superintendent of B. R. Singh Hospital.

B. R. SINGH HOSPITAL ORGANIZED AWARENESS CUM SENSITIZATION PROGRAMME ON WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY, 2023.
B. R. SINGH HOSPITAL ORGANIZED AWARENESS CUM SENSITIZATION PROGRAMME ON WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY, 2023.

QPR is an emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons created by Paul Quinnett in 1995. An abbreviation for Question, Persuade, and Refer, the intention is also to identify and interrupt the crisis and direct the person to the proper care. QPR system is designed to increase the chance of survival in the event of a crisis. As a QPR trained Gatekeepers will learn to Q- Question- Recognize the warning signs of suicide, P- Persuade- Know how to offer hope & R-Refer – Know how to get help and save a life. Like CPR for reviving cardiac arrest patients, the QPR method in Gatekeeper Training is vital for preventing suicidal deaths.

Dr. Sayantan Saha, Sr. Divisional Medical Officer/B. R. Singh Hospital emphasizes the warning signs, early diagnosis & intervention, handholding support for adolescents with suicidal thoughts, Prevention through life skill education, family, school & peer support and counseling, and cyber safety.

Dr. Jhunu Mukherjee, Additional Chief Health Director, Psychiatry briefed on suicide warning signs & Tele-MANAS 14416 a 24×7 mental health helpline- the initiative of Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji for making mental health care more accessible and affordable for everyone in India- a major step for curbing suicidal deaths. Dr. Indira Jha, Medical Director B.R.Singh Hospital emphasized organizing such awareness cum training programmes involving everyone so that timely access to mental health care for people struggling with suicidal thoughts, and anyone in distress can be provided.

Leaflets on suicide warning signs & Tele-MANAS were distributed among the audience and an interactive session was also organized.

B. R. SINGH HOSPITAL ORGANIZED AWARENESS CUM SENSITIZATION PROGRAMME ON WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY, 2023.
B. R. SINGH HOSPITAL ORGANIZED AWARENESS CUM SENSITIZATION PROGRAMME ON WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY, 2023.

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