Suicide prevention strategies
The departments of epidemiology and psychiatry, NIMHANS, have been organising a series of workshops on ‘Suicide prevention: capacity building strategies’ involving doctors, teachers, police staff, etc. to address the issue of increasing suicide rates in Bangalore, the ‘suicide capital’ of India. The aim of the workshop series was to evolve a National Suicide Prevention Strategy. As a part of this, a workshop was organised for media professionals to examine the role of media in the glamorisation of suicide and to evolve parameters for ethical reporting of suicides. This report refers to some aspects relevant to the medical profession.
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