CHILDREN OF 10-12 years of age also have suicidal thoughts. This was revealed during the second round of “Suicide Prevention” campaign Thursday organised by state education department. The programme, conducted by three counsellors and paediatricians, was recorded at Bhaskaracharya Institute For Space Applications and Geo-Informatics (BISAG) centre in Gandhinagar for live telecast to government and private secondary and higher secondary schools across the state.
“The misconception that people of a particular age group commit suicide is wrong. During counselling sessions, it comes to the fore that now even children of 10-12 years admit that they want to commit suicide. Such thoughts have come to their minds not once, but frequently. The trigger points could be as small as not being allowed to have a mobilephone by their parents or not being taken to a particular vacation destination,” said Dr Kamlesh Parekh, one of the counsellors from Surat.
The reference was made to a question raised by a teacher: “How to identify students if they are depressed and have suicidal thoughts.”
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Describing the tendencies, the panel categorised these into mild, moderate and severe tendencies and explained how to identify these.
The fact was revealed during the question-answer round that followed the counselling sessions on “factors leading to suicide”, “misconceptions towards suicides”, “defensive factors”, “care after the incident”, “role of media” and “long-term policy for suicide prevention”.