Kochi: Maithri, an NGO working in suicide prevention sector will enter a pact with Lourdes Hospital, Kochi to provide free emotional support and to regularly monitor the emotional status for 18 months to those who commit suicide attempts.
“The chances of such people make another attempt is high for one and a half years. Nearly 20 to 25 per cent repeat attempts are happening in the 18 months after the first attempt. Hence, we have decided to provide emotional support during that crucial period,” said Rajesh R. Pillai, president of Befrienders India, the national level coordinating agency of NGOs working in suicide prevention sector.
While attending a programme to observe World Suicide Prevention Day jointly organised by Lourdes hospital and Ernakulam Psychiatric Society, he stressed the need for constant and continuous emotional support.
“After the medical emergency and psychiatric intervention, our volunteers can step in to prevent a second suicide attempt by constantly monitoring th-ir emotional status,” he said.
Helpline numbers of Ernakulam psychiatric society and Lourdes hospital were released during the function.
Noted psychiatrist Dr C.J. John briefed on identifying persons vulnerable to inflict self harm. He stressed for the ‘Look Listen and link’ approach to prevent suicide among the population.
Alcohol consumption up in flood-hit areas
Volunteers of Maithri, who are on the visit to flood affected in various parts of the district, realised that the rate of alcohol consumption in the areas is on the increase.
“Several women told us that even those who quit the habit restarted consumption of alcohol. It might be an emotional outlet for them," added Rajesh Pillai.
“The psychological trauma created by the century's worst natural disaster will take long time to heal. Disapp-ointment and anxiety over loss of belongings, loss of property and loss of livelihood will have to be addressed through regular intervention,” he said.
Maithri will provide emotional support to all flood-hit families in Eloor municipality with the support of local body authorities.