Kolkata Nurture Foundation Commemorates World Suicide Prevention Day

Kolkata Nurture Foundation, a prominent advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, announced its upcoming event in observance of World Suicide Prevention Day on 11 September at Kolkata Press Club. Dr Anjan Adhikari, Medical Super & Vice Principal of Kolkata Medical College & Hospital and many experienced doctors and experts were present.

Suicide is a global issue that affects millions of lives annually. More than 700 000 people die due to suicide every year. By observing World Suicide Prevention Day, the Kolkata Nurture Foundation aims to shed light on the biological, psychological, and social causes behind this critical problem. By focusing on these facets, the foundation aims to sensitize the public and pave the way for effective prevention strategies.

The key speakers at the press meet highlighted the Complex Causes of Suicide. The multifaceted aspects of suicide, exploring the biological, psychological, and social triggers that contribute to its prevalence were discussed. Suicide occurs throughout the lifespan and was the fourth leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds globally in 2019. Experts in the field shared valuable insights into the underlying factors that drive individuals to contemplate self-harm.

The Kolkata Nurture Foundation is dedicated in making a difference in the field of mental health and suicide prevention as suicides are preventable.

The organization also has outlined a multifaceted approach to address these pressing concerns:

1. Research: The foundation is committed to conducting research aimed at better understanding the root causes of suicide. With every fifth Indian to be an adolescent, the cost of an adolescent dying by suicide is enormous. This necessitates an understanding of the potential risk factors of suicidal ideation among adolescents. By gathering data and insights, the foundation aims to develop evidence-based strategies for prevention.

2. Education and Awareness: Educating the public and dispelling myths surrounding mental health is a top priority. Suicide is preventable and educating communities and schools on risk factors, warning signs, and how to have conversations with students, staff, or loved ones when they are struggling are an important part of that education. Through workshops, seminars, and educational campaigns, the foundation intends to reach individuals of all ages, promoting mental health literacy.

3. Treatment Services: Access to mental health services is a critical aspect of prevention. Suicide can vary based on several geographic, socio-economic, cultural, gender, race, ethnicity, and age-related factors which can complicate evaluating the effectiveness of services, treatments, and supports. Despite these variations, however, there is substantial evidence to inform the types of resources that can help reduce substance use, lessen symptoms of mental illness, and improve quality of life. Kolkata Nurture Foundation plans to collaborate with healthcare providers to ensure that individuals in need receive appropriate care and support.

4. Sensitizing the Community: The event also focuses on sensitizing the community to the importance of mental health. By sharing stories of hope and recovery, the Kolkata Nurture Foundation aims to reduce the stigma associated with seeking help for mental health issues.