The Department of Student Affairs, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), in association with the Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Manipal College of Nursing, organised a workshop on the topic ‘Prevention of self-harm’ for students of the university on the occasion of Suicide Prevention Day, here recently.
A press release issued here said the theme of the International Association for Suicide Prevention for this year was ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide’.
Poornima Baliga, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Health Sciences, MAHE, spoke on the increasing incidence of suicide cases globally. She also emphasised upon the importance of expressing bottled up feelings and the need to recognise people around us who show early warning signs of suicidal tendencies.
Family and technology
Narayan Sabhahit, Registrar, MAHE, drew the attention to the deteriorating family bonds and increasing dependency on electronic gadgets for recreational purposes.
Mr. Sabhahit stressed upon the need for young students to observe their peers carefully and extend a helping hand whenever required.
Talk on self-harm
Samir Praharaj, Head, Psychiatry Department, Kasturba Medical College (KMC), delivered the keynote address on the topic ‘Self-harm – Myths and realities’.
Geetha Maiya, Director, Student Affairs, MAHE, welcomed the gathering.
Tessy Treesa Jose, Head, Psychiatric Nursing, Manipal College of Nursing, gave an overview of the workshop.
Praveen Jain, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry Department, KMC, Renjulal, Assistant Professor, MCON, and Sharmila Rao P.N., life coach and medical writer, were present.
(Those in distress or those having suicidal tendencies can call Arogya Sahayavani Ph. 104 for help.)