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Action plan on prevention of suicide among Idu-Mishmi Community - Arunachal Times

February 11, 2016

[ Karyir Riba ]

Roing, Feb 7: 

An Action plan will be prepared with the outcome of the Workshop on Suicide Prevention among the Idu-Mishmi Community of Arunachal Pradesh’ organised under the aegis of the Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society(IMCLS), with Samaritans Mumbai, here at Cheta Rehko on Feb 6-7.
Post Doctoral Fellow, RGU Dr Tarun Mene informed that a Core Committee that will be responsible to put the outcomes into action is underway.

“All our findings and suggestions from the experts, including views and suggestions from the participants, have been taken into consideration, and soon our Action Plan will be ready for implementation, he said.

“Suicide, especially in the tribal society, is considered a taboo and hence, we are not supposed to talk about it. However, such a huge participation shows that everyone agrees that suicide is a serious problem that our community is facing, and that it is preventable too”, said Organising Secretary Assistant Professor(History) Govt. College Yachuli, Dr Rajiv Miso.
DC Anini Tamune Miso said, “Rate of suicide in the community is indeed alarmingly high, and such workshops are a need of the hour. With such awareness creating programmes, we can reduce the number of deaths because of suicide”.

He urged the organisors to conduct similar workshops at Anini, Italin, Hunli, and other parts of both the districts too.

Rintu Borah, a scholar from IIT Guwahati, shared some of his findings from his study on ‘suicide amongst the students of IIT’.

“The most common factor that I have come across is that most of the students belong to lower middle class families, and the path of suicide is chosen mainly because they cannot cope up with the pressure of the debts families accumulate for supporting their studies”, he said.

Separate interactive sessions for students with Consultant Psychiatrists Dr Pakha Tesia and Dr Sonali Tesia were held.
“Many vulnerable cases have been identified during the interactive sessions. We have the names of these students and necessary help will be provided to them”, said Dr Mene.