HYDERABAD: Addressing to a seminar on preventing thinking of suicide, LUMHS Vice Chancellor Prof Bikha Ram Devrajani said suicide is a complex phenomenon, thus, the prevention of it needs to be tailored accordingly.
The VC addressing at the “Mental Health Symposium” on Monday, organised by Directorate of Student Affairs at Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences (LUMHS), Jamshoro, said though every completed suicide has a devastating effect, when a young life is cut short, the shock is oftentimes even greater.
He said prevention can occur on both the individual and societal level, with the most effective strategies being a combination of efforts. An obstacle in the effort to combat suicide is difficult to identify the causes exactly, which sometimes put individuals at a risk to commit suicide.
Consequently, by informing the public and encouraging a general awareness of mental health problems, including suicide, an increased alertness and responsiveness to suicidal individuals will follow.
The LUMHS VC said that in an effort to make such suicide preventive strategies effective and culturally appropriate, it is important to consider local attitudes toward suicide, and see how to target suicide prevention and mental health interventions.
Furthermore, it is imperative to take into account the feelings of pain and grief experienced by any community or individual that has encountered a suicide.