Campus Talks on ‘Suicide Awareness’ organised at TISS, Guwahati

Guwahati, December 17: G Plus in association with Airtel and Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) successfully conducted Campus Talks for the students of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Guwahati on December 14. The event was supported by Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) and Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin).

An interactive discussion was organised on “Suicide Awareness – Building Resilience Among Youth” with Dr Sangeeta Goswami, renowned Counselling Psychologist of Guwahati, Nikita Barooah, Advocate, Gauhati High Court and Hiren Chandra Nath, Commissioner of Police.

Speaking on the occasion from a clinical perspective, Dr Goswami said “There is always that one person in life, with whom we are able to share our thoughts. The moment we feel like we are moving towards aloofness, we must share our problems with that person. The most common symptoms of the initial stages of depression include lack of self confidence, degrading food habits, disliking human company and cutting off from all sources of entertainment.” Advising the students she said “If anyone ever tells you that he/she wants to commit suicide, you should never take it as joke. Rather, you should try to understand the reason behind him/her saying so. Taking it as a joke might magnify the damage”.

Commissioner Hiren Nath said “Life is very precious. We have taken millions of years to evolve and become different from other species so we must not let one particular moment of darkness impact us so much as to end everything.” He further added that the Guwahati City Police receives at least two to three suicide cases from within the city every week.

Speaking on the legal aspects, Nikita Barooah said “There is no such legal punishment for anyone committing suicide. However, one can be punished under section 306 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for abetment to suicide. The punishment can extend to 10 years of imprisonment and the person shall also be liable to fine.”

The program concluded with a question answer session between the students and panelists along with a felicitation ceremony.

Campus Talks is an initiative by G Plus which primarily aims at creating an open platform for students to discuss various social, political and trending issues. An open debate forum is also provided for the students where they can put forward their views. Eminent persons from different walks of life are invited to colleges who enlighten the youth on topics of national importance and interest. Through Campus Talks, they aim to get the youngsters’ opinion about the current government, its policies on various political, social and current issues.

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