The National Institute of Nursing Education,Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER),Chandigarh organised a one day workshop on Suicide Prevention amongst Adolescents on Saturday by Dr Sunita Sharma and Dr Karobi Das under the guidance of Dr Sandhya Ghai,Principal,National Institute of Nursing Education.
The chief guest for the event,Dr Ajit Kumar Avasthi,Professor,Department of Psychiatry,PGIMER stressed that suicide is the third most common cause of death in people below 30 years of age. He threw light upon the understanding of the complex phenomenon of suicide occurring on a continuum progressing from suicidal thoughts,to planning,to attempt,and finally dying by suicide which is the final tragic outcome of this process.
Avasthi also addressed the delegates highlighting the role of teachers,nurses and health professionals in preventing the suicide amongst adolescents.
Prof Rajesh Gill,the Dean,Faculty of Arts,Panjab University detailed the sociological perspectives on suicide.
The role of parents and teachers in assessment of suicidal risk and life skills educational training were also taken up during the workshop.
During the group work,different strategies to cope with stress effectively were emphasised.