ISLAMABAD: International Suicide Prevention Day was observed across the country on Tuesday with the motto to terminate the sense of deprivation and disappointment that leads to heinous act of committing suicide.
Seminars and references were held in big cities of the four provinces under the auspicious of semi-government and non governmental organizations (NGOs) where speakers highlighted the reasons behinds the suicide and possible measures to prevent the crime.
The experts believe that efforts at government level with the involvement of the community can help bring isolated souls back to normal life activities for prevention of suicide.
“One can do little to prevent impulsive suicide but there is room for plans and strategies that the government and the community can execute to prevent planned suicide,” they added.
The speakers said that family, relatives and community members should be alert to any sudden change in the behaviour of their friend or relative. There should be awareness among all that if any person starts transferring property or accounts to children, seeks forgiveness from people, expresses pessimistic ideas about himself, shows sudden attachment to religion in sharp contrast to the past practice, then they should immediately be engaged and treated compassionately and referred to a psychiatrist.
They said that tranquilliser and pesticide were mostly used in suicide and their sale should be governed by some tighter regulations.
The depressed and lonely souls need compassionate response and if somebody finds someone under stress with no hope in the mind, the person could be a perfect case for clinical treatment by a psychiatrist for prevention of possible suicide tendencies, they added.