~Events galore on the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day~
Department of Psychiatry, Tata Main Hospital (TMH), Jamshedpur in association with Rotary Club, Jamshedpur and JEEVAN, as a prelude to the World Suicide Prevention Day (10th of September) held a debate competition today at Tata Main Hospital auditorium on the topic – ‘Who is Responsible for the High Level of Stress among Students? How can it be contained?’
Mausimi Sengupta graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Dr. Sanjay Kumar Agarwal, Head, Department of Psychiatry welcomed the Guests and introduced the topic.
Students from various schools participated in the debate – Vivekananda public school, Motilal Nehru public school, AIWC, KPS kadma, KPS Mango, KPS Burma mines, DBMS English high school, Chinmaya Vidalaya – Bistupur and Hilltop. The judges for the event included Mrs. Jayshree Madhusudanan, Ms. Lalita Sarin and Mr. B. Vijay Murty. Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Dr. G Ramdas, Chief, TMH, Mrs. Sujatha Ramdas, Dr. K P Dubey, Dr. Naresh Singhal, President of Rotary Club of Jamshedpur and Mr. Ronnie D Costa from JEEVAN. Various other personnel from TMH and members of the medical fraternity also attended the programme.
This programme was basically an attempt to create an understanding of the subject and bridge the critical gaps by providing an opportunity to all concerned to express their views and also suggest the possible solutions to these problems. The debate resulted in churning out of different ideas and relevant opinions from the student fraternity.
Today’s youth feel that their views and opinions are not heard by their parents and teachers and there seems to be a serious communication gap. Some children expressed that parents are very much part of the causes that result in stress, as they put a lot of pressure on their kids to perform, heap criticism and often compare their kids with others in the process, which advertently result in the freedom of the children being curbed and leading to a situation where they are not allowed to do things that they would want to do.
Some children blamed the education system, where one is expected to score very high (expectation that the students should score 100% to meet the cut off for admissions which in turn causes stress to the parents as well as their children). Few children emphasized that getting stressed also depends on the student themselves, as they misuse their freedom, spend more time on mobile phones and social networking sites. Children also felt that nowadays more and more students are getting into romantic relationships thereby draining them emotionally and mentally.
The results of the debate will be announced in a seminar to be held in TMH on September 10 observed as ‘World Suicide Prevention Day.’ On Sunday,a progarmme named ‘Walk for Life’ will be organized where members of interact club will assemble at TMH gate and walk up to Beldih ground with banners and placards to spread awareness on this serious issue.