Aizawl: Expressing serious concern over the increasing number of suicide cases in Mizoram, some of the experts participating in a meeting organised to mark World Mental Health Day on Thursday in Aizawl said that behind a single suicide, there are 25 attempted suicide cases.
Official data stated that since 2017, Mizoram has had over 100 suicide cases — 35 this year alone. “The number could be higher. The number of actual suicides is 2-4 times higher than the number officially reported,” observed Dr Samuel Lalzarlawma Sailo, prominent social worker and executive member, Volunteers for Community Mental Health (VOLCOMH), while participating in a meeting on the theme, “Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention”, at Synod Conference Centre in Aizawl.
Some of the experts on mental heath, who are the members of VOLCOMH, also spoke during the programme, among others.
In his speech, Lalrinsangi Hnamte, a member of VOLCOMH, said, “Life skills education is one of the important tools of suicide prevention. Mass media should be sensitive in their report of suicide cases, to increase awareness on suicide prevention among the masses, and education for identifying the warning signs of people who are at risk of committing suicide.”
Members from seven schools and two colleges within Aizawl also participated at the event.
VOLCOMH is a voluntary, non-profit organisation focusing on the mental health needs of the community. It was established on September 23, 1992. The objectives of the organisation are to promote awareness on mental health; and providing help and services to people facing mental health problems.