Shillong, September 11 :  The office of the District Mental Health Programme, East Khasi Hills organized an observation programme on “World Suicide Prevention Day” on the theme “Creating Hope Through Action” at U Soso Tham Auditorium, Shillong. Dr. Pakha Tesia, President, Indian Psychiatrist Society attended the programme as the Chief Guest.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Tesia emphasized on the power of collective efforts in preventing suicide and the most effective ways to prevent the suicide tendencies by raising awareness in the community, by creating a support network among the students community or in the community as a whole. He also stresses on the need to seek out professional help, mental health professionals and helplines for support and guidance to connect with the appropriate resources.

During the programme, Dr. B Sohkhlet, Consultant Psychiatrist, District Mental Health Programme, East Khasi Hills gave a brief presentation on World Suicide Prevention Day.

The Chief Guest and other dignitaries also distributed prizes to the winners of the short play competition.

It may be mentioned that every year, September 10 is observed worldwide as Suicide Prevention Day with the intention of reducing suicide incidents and in order to raise community awareness about the efficacy of prevention.