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    Fortis Malar conducts an impactful session on mental fitness for college students

    Published on September 10, 2019

    Chennai: On the Occasion of World Suicide Prevention Day, Fortis Malar Hospital today conducted an enlightening session for students of Kumararani Meena Muthiah College of Arts And Science. The two hour session was led by Ms. Sneha George, Counselling Psychologist, Fortis Malar Hospital focussing on understanding of suicide and how to start critical conversations.

    Commenting on the occasion, Ms. Sneha George said, “The focus of the event was to break the taboo around suicide and let the students know that no problem is too big to solve.  Our aim was to tell the young generation that people who take their lives, do not want to end their life but they only want to stop hurting. Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. So we taught them to how identify triggers in oneself or among their loved ones”.

    The event included a fact sharing session around mental health and suicide. Interactive activities like the feelings chart were shared for the students to express their feelings. This chart was to help them understand and introspect that their feelings change over a period of time. The final activity involved the students stacking paper cups to see how overwhelmed they were. For each cup that is stacked, the student was told to express what was bothering them.

     

    Suicide is the second most leading cause of death among 15 to 29-year-olds in the world. Almost 8,00,000 people die because of suicide yearly, which is one person every 40 seconds. One student commits suicide every hour according to National Crime Records Bureau data study in 2015.

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