IIM Rohtak takes initiatives against depression


The number of students committing suicide has been rising at an alarming rate in India. According to National Crime Records Bureau (as on 2015), every hour one student commits suicide in India, and the total number of students committing suicide stood at a disturbing estimate of 8,934 in 2015. The actual figure is feared to be much more than this which usually go unreported. It was observed that the youth find it extremely difficult when it comes to dealing with failure in exams and career.

The situation deteriorates further with the fact that professional help is much difficult to find because the country endures an 87% shortage of mental health professionals. Also, people are ignorant when it comes to psychiatric diseases like depression, lack of awareness and proper recognition is further worsening the condition.

IIM Rohtak has taken an initiative to combat the burgeoning problem of student suicide with an event “Say No to Suicide, Just Laugh.” When it comes to a deadly disease such as this, there is no better remedy than de-stressing oneself through laughter. Gurdatar Ryait, a student of IIM Rohtak and also a stand-up comedian by passion, took to stage to spread awareness by tickling the funny bone of the audience. He has also shared the stage with Kenny Sebastian, a well-known stand-up comedian, musician, and filmmaker.

The institute also organized a talk session by Miss Simran Luthra, a social entrepreneur and founder of Talk Happy Therapy, an initiative for Mental Health Awareness and Well Being.

Talking about the reasons for suicides and stress, she said, "From a normal state to the state of suicide, theirs is a midpoint and that midpoint is anxiety. Anxiety gives us many types of thoughts which can be classified primarily into two types – positive and negative. The mind keeps on recalling the negative thoughts and this leads to stress." She added, "Our society still doesn't take mental health seriously. Going to the psychiatrist is considered a taboo and not getting treatment for mental disorders has become the prime reason for suicide nowadays."

Prof. Dheeraj Sharma, Director IIM Rohtak also shared a message for the students suffering from this lingering disease. He said, “Student suicide is becoming a malice in the educational institutions across the country. Stress is considered one of the main reasons and is taking a toll on this generation through suicide. IIM Rohtak is taking all the possible steps to counter this malice. Student forums and an alliance with the medical college of Rohtak helps in providing counselling to the students experiencing stress”. “Students should not only focus on academics but also indulge themselves in co-curricular activities. A healthy diet and addition of physical activities are also important components to deal with stress”, he added. Prof. Sharma urged the students to focus on the larger picture, the living of life and not just the struggles of life.

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