Suicide Prevention Helpline
Have anyone of us ever imagine a person who is on the edge of a rock, having so many hungry hounds chasing behind and a ditch in front of him? He has two choices, either become the prey for hounds or jump into the ditch…..and he preferred to jump…..not to kill him…..but just to safe him from being eaten by hungry predators. That’s what a suicidal individual do…..he doesn’t want to die….he just want to end his pain…..
According to the international statistics during the past 50 years the rate of suicide has increased to 60% in advance countries. World record shows that 10 thousand people commit suicide in one year. WHO concluded that Suicide is a dangerous event and if the rate of Suicide remained the same then the rate of Suicide would be reached to 15 Lacs per year in the next 10 years.
In Pakistan the rate of Suicide has been increasing since 1995. According to WHO in 2002 there were 15,695 events of Suicide in Pakistan. Research conducted in Agha Khan Medical University the average event of Suicide is 7000 to 8000 whereas from 70,000 to 150,000 people tried to commit suicide in Pakistan, most of them went back home after getting treatment.
Keeping such alarming facts and figures in view, MIND organization perceived a great need to start such a project which aimed to get people aware of risk factors and prevention for suicide in Pakistani society and also provide helpline services to help those sufferers who live in silence with their agonies and end up their lives.
For this purpose, MIND Organization started a Suicide Group in July 2010 to indulge more and more people from all professions to provide their voluntary services in awareness regarding suicide prevention. MIND Organization also planned to start a telephonic helpline service for those who want to finish themselves, who are hopeless, who are suicidal and who can’t find any one to understand them and their problems. A one day workshop on Suicide Prevention Helpline Skill Development was conducted on 26th January 2011 at MIND Organization’s office. About 22 psychologists participated in that workshop and gave positive feedback about it.
Suicide Prevention Helpline Services was inagurated on 13th April, 2011 at Sukh Chan Club.
SUICIDE PREVENTION HELPLINE NUMBER: 042-35761999
A psychologist attend calls daily from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm to help find a solution for silent sufferers.