Take a Minute, Save a Life’ World Suicide Prevention Day Observed
Mangaluru: The District administration in association with Zilla Panchayat, Health and Family Welfare Department (Mental Health), City and District Police Department, Public Education Department, Information and Public Relation Department and Wenlock Hospital jointly organized the World Suicide Prevention Day 2017 under the theme “Take a Minute, Save a Life”, at RAPCC Conference Hall, Government Wenlock Hospital here on September 14.
The programme began with the state anthem. Ratnakar Naik welcomed the gathering. Dr Jayanth briefed on the significance of observing World the Suicide Prevention Day. Dr Jayanth said that every year in the world more than 8 lakh people commit suicide due to various reasons. Students come to the teachers if there are problems, even old students come to their teachers to take their advice. So we thought of inviting the teachers for the workshop so that they can advise their students on how to face life.
The programme was inaugurated by the IV Addl.District and Sessions Judge, N V Bhavani by lighting the traditional lamp along with other dignitaries on the dais.
Addressing the gathering Bhavani said, “Education is the process of learning and learning is a continuous process. Once the student completes his/her education the learning will not end but continue throughout life. Those who come first in class are not always genius, they may come first this year and go down the rank the next year. In schools, teachers should teach basic education to students on how to lead their lives, they should not pressurize the students. Evaluation is not on based on today’s performance because those who score high marks today may not remain the same the following year.”
Bhavani further said, “Teachers should teach their students the values of life and teach them how to face obstacles in life. Students know that they want to score good marks but teachers should not pressurize the students to come first. Education gives knowledge but to reach a certain level you need to work hard. God has given us life and it is precious. Human beings always face problems but unless and until we are equipped to face the problems, our problems will not be solved. Suicide is not the solution to solve the problems. Teachers are the best persons to assist their students since teachers will know the exact reason for the problems of the students. The decision to commit suicide is made in a fraction of a second, so teachers should guide their students properly by sparing taking their one minute and save life.”
Addressing the gathering Senior Civil Judge and Member Secretary District Legal Services Authority Mallana Gowda said, “As we know every year 8 lakh people commit suicide in the world. But in our country alone the suicide rate is 1 lakh per year. Due to poverty, many people commit suicide, we even see students and farmers commit suicide in our country. In rural areas, teachers are considered as God and whatever they say, students listen. Teachers should play a vital role in preventing students from committing suicide. Teachers should deliver value based education to the students.”
Dr Sikhandar Pasha, BEO Jnanesh, Dr Srinivas Bhat, Dr Rajeshwari Devi and others were also present.