Nitya Gurukula of Coimbatore launches Prana suicide prevention lifeline


“Tamil Nadu has the highest suicide rates, especially among the youth in the age group of 15 to 29,” says Sashi Chandran. She is CEO of Nitya Gurukula, that’s into psychological counselling and conducts workshops on emotional well-being, transactional evaluation, and Tai Chi. And this gave her perception into psychological well being and the intense penalties of not addressing the very actual drawback.

The alarming numbers of younger individuals taking their very own lives prompted Sashi to type Prana, a suicide prevention lifeline. Prana was arrange by NG Chandran Charities, an NGO established in July 2019, with the International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP), beneath the World Health Organization (WHO).

In most instances, it’s ‘frustrated intolerance’ that drives younger individuals to take the acute step, says Sashi. “It could be anything from disappointment in love, inability to achieve grades in academics, not getting admission into a premier institution or failure to land a job…” Sashi says so much of it has to do with the blame recreation we take pleasure in. “The way we communicate with our children has to change,” she says.

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  • The ‘Prana’ lifeline, 1800-121-203040, might be accessed from anyplace in India. It is on the market from 10.00 am to three.00 pm on all days besides Sunday.
  • The calls will probably be attended by skilled counsellors and volunteers supervised by Nitya Gurukula. Counsellors converse in English and Tamil as of now. There is a transfer to carry on board multilingual volunteers.

Prana went stay on February 19 and already it has acquired over 70 calls.

“Most callers sought help on relationship issues,” says Sudha Sundaram, COO of Nitya Gurukula that trains the counsellors. “Besides parts of Tamil Nadu, we also got calls from Mumbai, Bengaluru, and parts of Jammu & Kashmir. Some wanted help in coping with a break-up; some of the callers who were staying away from family on account of their jobs, wanted help with stress; then there were those suffering mid-life crises or loneliness in their old age. Prana is not just a mere helpline but a lifeline where we listen to their problems and guide them with positive psychology. It builds hope and motivates those seeking help stay optimistic. It makes them resilient and confident too.”

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