The Department of Psychiatry, JSS Medical College, in association with Schullich University of Medicine & Dentistry, Canada conducted a one-day workshop on Training Health Professionals in Suicide Prevention at Sri Rajendra Auditorium in JSS Hospital premises here yesterday.

The workshop was attended by nearly 200 health professionals including Psychiatrists, Physicians, Family Physicians, General Practitioners, Auyrveda Practitioners, Psychologist, Social Workers & Nursing staff from JSS Medical College, JSS Nursing School and College, Mysore Medical College, Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences and Mysore University. It was inaugurated by dignitaries — JSS Medical College Principal Dr.H. Basavannagowdappa, Senior Journalist Niranjan Nikam, Mysore District Surgeon Dr.G.M.Vamadeva, JSS Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. M. Guruswamy, JSS Mahavidyapeeta Medical Education Director R.Mahesh, Head of the Department of Psychiatry Prof.T.S.S.Rao and Dr. Amresh Srivastava, Dr.Paul Links and Dr.Rahel Eynan from Canada.

The dignitaries emphasised the need for such workshop as suicide is one of the leading causes of preventable death. They also noted the importance of personal narratives in fighting the stigma associated with seeking help, initiatives from the government to tackle the issue, the greater role of public & media in creating awareness and relevance of sharing the experiences for effective strategies in prevention of suicide.

The first session was on the role of family physicians and other health professionals in suicide prevention by Prof. T.S.S. Rao, who said that south India was noted across the world as suicide prone region and it was crucial that family physicians should be aware of the risk factors and protective factors.

The second session was by Dr.Paul Links on Clinical Manifestations and Causes of Suicide Behaviour. He emphasised the need to recognise suicidal behaviour at early stages and relevance of psychiatric disorders which increases the risk of suicide. The third session was by Consultant Psychiatrist at JSS, Dr.M. Kishor on Psychosocial Factors, in which he appealed for individualising risk assessment based on psychosocial factors. He also highlighted the need for health professionals’ awareness about culture and socio-economic conditions.

The session was followed by role play, coordinated by Dr.Sam Manickam on effective ways of communication by health professionals during interaction with patients. Interactive session with audience coordinated by Dr. Amaresh, Dr. Paul Links and Dr.Rahel Eynan.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore