Join hands for a Suicide free society
By 2020 we forecast India to be the Youngest Country in the world with a median age of 29 years.
Unfortunately, India has the highest suicide rate in the world among the youth standing at 35.5 per 100,000 people. About 8,00,000 people commit suicide worldwide every year , of these 1,35,000 (17%) are residents of India, with higher suicide rates in southern and eastern states of India. In Andhra Pradesh, and the other southern states, the rate is more than 15 per 1 Lakh population since the past 20 years. The male to female suicide ratio has been about 2:1 in India. On an average a total number of suicides in India per day is 300!!
These are the stunning facts of our present society. And the hardest truth is that some of your close friends may be suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts.
The primary causes for suicides are family problems, illness(prolonged health diseases, AIDS, Cancer, etc.) and love affairs.The other reasons for committing suicide are unemployment, career problems, poverty, fail in examinations, fall in social reputation, a sudden change in economy status, property dispute, bankruptcy, drug abuse/addiction and ideological causes.
In most of the cases suicides can be prevented simply if their problems are shared and some alternate views are presented . This done by emotional support and befriending followed by proper counselling.
If you feel that you should do something to address the issue, here is the opportunity for you.
Many NGOs are working on this particular social cause. One such organisation dedicated to this cause with professional assistance is ‘1life‘( http://1life.org.in/ ). Its a Not For Profit organisation with a vision of suicide free society based out of Hyderabad. Its formed by a group of young corporate professionals backed by experienced psychologists and counselors. They operate a 24 hrs help line number 7893078930, to which people having depression and suicidal tendencies can call and get emotional support anonymously. If required they even arrange professional counselling by psychologists service at nearest center, almost at free of cost .
You can volunteer to be a counselor at 1life. The primary objective is to give emotional support to the needy and befriending to suggest alternative view points followed by arranging professional counselling by coordinating with the 1life team. The basic requirement is you should be a good Listener, and you will be trained to execute these tasks.
Currently they have urgent requirement for volunteers, especially volunteers based in Hyderabad who can spend their time in befriending.
1Life.Org is also looking to establish their offices all over the Hyderabad for the easy access to the needy.
Corporates can join us in this noble cause by providing some space (after office hours) for establishment of 1Life center in your surroundings.
For further details or if you want to join hands, please let us know @ firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also register as volunteer at 1life.org with the link given below.