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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Right to health --India

I just came across the efforts towards right to health. They inform that if family income from all sources is upto 4000/-per month, all members of such family are eligible for free treatment at any hospital - private and government. No document or documentary proof is needed. Any such patient can just walk into the hospital and ask for treatement under EWS category. Such patient or his or her near relative has to give a declaration of income on a form which hospital would provide. Apart from that there is no other formality. If you or any body else need my help, please don't hesitate to get in touch with Mr. Ashok Agarwal on his mobile no. +91-9811101923 who is a member of the monitoring team. Every such private hospital has a EWS Nodal Officer which can be enquired from the reception. Hospitals are also required to have EWS Desk at the reception.

Link for Government of Delhi website:

Link for: Guidelines for provision of free treatment facilities to patients of EWS category in private hospitals in pursuance of directions issued by the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi in WP ( C)

no 2866/2002 in the matter of Social Jurist Vs GNCT Delhi:

Hope this will be useful and the poor get their right to free health.
All the best
Warm regards

Pradeep Esteves
Context India,
Bangalore 560 043.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Aasra invited to judge student competition at S.I.E.S, Nerul

Aasra's Director/Volunteer Johnson Thomas was invited by SOSVA/VOLACT & SIES college of Management to judge student presentations based on 2 week internships in various NGO's .

Jan 20th Thursday 2pm-5pm ,2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Aasra caller statistics

life skills/ coping skills workshop at gehlot Institute of pharmacy, koparkhairane, dec 3 ,2010

55 pharmacy students of 1st,2nd and 3rd sem attended

Life skills/ coping skills workshop at gehlot Institute of pharmacy, koparkhairane,near D Mart dec 3 ,2010

11 am to 1.30 pm

Aasra workshop on lifeskills education/coping skills at Army school colaba

Nov 27 Dec 4, 2010 saturdays, 11am - 1.30 pm Army school colaba, contact person Nidhi patel counsellor

Workshop on lifeskills/coping skills conducted by johnson Thomas, director AASRA

Aasra in Dubai, training VFS Global /Indian Embassy staff for proposed helpline in Dubai

aasra volunteer/ Director johnson Thomas was invited to Dubai to train VFS Global? Indian Embassy staff so that they could provide Helpline services for the Indian immigrants in the UAE.

Training dates 4th to 7th Nov 2010 venue VFS office ja Al kuwait street, alaghiri bldg, Burdubai, Trainees 6

Remya, shaiju, Shiju, Reva, Smita, mohmd

The training covered aspects of non-directive counselling, befriending, listening skills, Face to Face befriending and psychology.

Spike in suicides Times of India & H T report on NCRB data for 2009

'Students are not taught life skills or how to manage emotions. Globalisation beginning in early 90's, Westernization of Indian society, breakdown of Indian values and the break up of the joint family system,opening up of indian society has caused students to lose hope and experience debilitating failures as a result of the huge clash of cultures and inability to cope with the same'

Student suicides accross the country in the last 4 years

Student suicides have increased 15.43% from 2006 to 2008 and 11.57% since 2008

2006----- 5857

2007------ 6248

2008----- 6060

2009 ----- 6761

State wise break up for 2009

West bengal 870

Maharashtra 812

Maharashtra and West BEngal account for 25% of student suicides in the country

Citywise distribution of suicides

Delhi ---148

Mumbai ----82


Kolkata ----21


In 2009 every day 18 students committed suicide

In 2006 the figure was 16

The number of student suicides increased by 6% in 2007 and dipped by 3% in 2008

West bengal, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka account for 55.1% suicides in the country
870 student suicides reported from west bengal in 2009 accounting for 5.9% of suicides in the state

wheras Uttarakhand had 40 student suicides accounting for 11.7% of suicides occuring in the state

No of suicides due to exam fear 2010

no of suicides below the age of 14 yrs---2951

no of suicides between 15 and 29 yrs---43920

348 suicides and 418 accidental deaths per day in India in 2009

Accidental deaths increased by 7.3% in 2009 s compared to 2008 while suicides rose by 1.7 % in 2009 as compared to 2008

Family problems, illness top reasons for suicide

Of 17, 368 farmer suicides in 2009 , an increase of 7% over 2008- Maharashtra accounted for 2872 and ranked no1 for the 10th year running.

Andhra PraDESH HAD 2414 FARMER SUICIDES, Karnataka had 2282,chattisgarh- 1802,Madhya Pradesh -1395

Tamil nadu reported the biggest increase from 512 in 2008 to 1060 in 2009

Times of india suicide coverage

Gujarat cities in NCRB top 10 suicide spots
11 Jan 2011, 06:43
Two most industrious cities of the state are featuring high on the suicide index. As per the National Crime Records Bureau, Rajkot , is third in 2009 data with a suicide rate of 34.2, stood third among the cities under the study.
Woman booked for abetting Himachal officer's suicide
01 Jan 2011, 04:05
A Himachal Administrative Service officer allegedly committed suicide at his official residence in the city on Thursday.
1326 Indians die due to accidents, suicide every day
17 Jan 2011, 00:19
Every fifth person who killed himself in Maharashtra in 2009 was a farmer, recent suicide data says, nailing the state for most farm suicides for the tenth year in a row. Nationwide, 17,368 farmers killed themselves in 2009, 7% more than the count in 2008.
Farmers, professionals 2 classes with high suicide tendency
11 Jan 2011, 06:44
Profiles of suicide victims have revealed some newer, more disturbing, trends in 2009. This was the year of suicides by housewives.
Gowda's homeland is land of farmers' suicide too
12 Jan 2011, 03:31
It's an irony of sorts. Mannina Maga (son of the soil) and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda's home district Hassan has emerged as the capital of farmers' suicides in Karnataka.
AP stands 2nd in suicides
17 Jan 2011, 06:57
India reported 348 suicides and 418 accidental deaths per day in 2009, data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) showed.
'Depressed' Engg graduate commits suicide
12 Jan 2011, 12:28
The 24-year-old engineering graduate decided to end his life as he had failed to get a job and was depressed, according to Lcuknow police.
Suicide attack kills 13 at Afghan public bath: Police
07 Jan 2011, 14:06
A suicide attack killed 13 people and wounded another 17 at a public bath in the flashpoint town of Spin Boldak in southern Afghanistan on the border with Pakistan, police said.
BEST worker hangs self
02 Jan 2011, 00:25
A 43-year-old woman, attached to the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport, committed suicide at her Kalachowkie residence on new year's midnight when her family members had gone out for a party.
40-yr-old man ends life
23 Dec 2010, 22:37
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Gowda's homeland is land of farmers' suicide too
12 Jan 2011, 03:31
It's an irony of sorts. Mannina Maga (son of the soil) and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda's home district Hassan has emerged as the capital of farmers' suicides in Karnataka.
Pathological gamblers commit suicide
24 Nov 2010, 13:40
A new Montreal inter-university study has shown that pathological gamblers are three times more likely to commit suicide than non-betters.
Farmer suicides: Dist yet to take decision on financial aid to families
16 Jan 2011, 00:16
last one year, 30 farmers from the Bhandara committed suicide, most of whom were between the age of 25 and 35 years and families of only three deceased farmers were eligible to get benefits, said sources in the district committee.
Suicide rates soar among US veterans: Official
12 Nov 2010, 04:25
The economic downturn and the trauma of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have pushed more US veterans to suicide, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said Thursday.
13 farmer suicides in New Year as cold wilts crop
10 Jan 2011, 22:15
The unusually cold winter in Vidarbha this year has taken its toll on the cotton crop too. Standing cotton crop in at least two lakh hectares in Vidarbha has been severely damaged by the cold wave that hit the region since January 2, the Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti said even as it claimed that 13 farmers have committed suicide in the first nine days of the New Year.
Two IT pros end lives
26 Nov 2010, 23:33
It could be burn-out that's pushing techies to the brink. Whatever the reason, it lends credence to the police theory of an alarming rise in the suicide rate among IT professionals.

Two girls commit suicide in separate incidents
02 Dec 2010, 13:11
A post graduate student was among two girls, who allegedly committed suicide in different parts of the city, police said.
Man commits suicide in city park
26 Nov 2010, 21:23
A 30-year-old man committed suicide at Aji Dam garden in the city by consuming poison. He was rushed to government hospital by an emergency ambulance, but died after a brief treatment.
Boy caught viewing porn clips on phone kills self
15 Nov 2010, 05:07
A 17-year-old student committed suicide at a Bhubaneswar hostel on Sunday after he was allegedly caught watching porn clippings on his mobile phone.
Woman commits suicide for delay in marriage
31 Oct 2010, 22:04
A 35-year-old woman committed suicide on Saturday night as she was depressed over not getting married.
Mumbai model commits suicide
29 Oct 2010, 13:58
A model residing in Goregaon here has committed suicide in her apartment, police said on Friday.
The police have handed over Madhuri's laptop to family
19 Nov 2010, 21:17
The police have handed over Madhuri's laptop to her family members on Friday after they could not crack its password which was aimed at learning the reason of suicide.
Farmer commits suicide in Gondia
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Fed up with continuous bad harvests and heavy debt, one Toliram Rahangdale (51), a farmer from village Tanda (Adasi) committed suicide by hanging himself on Saturday night.
Bhayander man commits suicide
14 Jan 2011, 01:14
A 33-year-old Bhayander man committed suicide in the wee hours of Thursday. Dhayalal Joshi (30) was found hanging from the ceiling of his kitchen at Mahesh Nagar in Bhayander (west) on Thursday morning.
Suspected lovers hang to death
10 Jan 2011, 04:48
A man and his suspected beloved allegedly committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling in his residence on Sunday afternoon.
At least 41 killed in NW Pakistan suicide bombing: officials
25 Dec 2010, 10:59
At least 41 people were killed on Saturday in a suicide bombing at a World Food Programme ration distribution point in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan, officials said.
Guard commits suicide in lab
23 Dec 2010, 00:22
A security guard working with the laboratory of irrigation department of Upper Wardha dam committed suicide in the laboratory on Wednesday by hanging himself.
Civil engineer hangs self
26 Nov 2010, 02:38
A 27-year-old civil engineer, Asif Masargopi, hanged himself at his Sanpada flat. His body was found on Thursday. The Turbhe police have recovered a suicide note addressed to his wife.
Pathological gamblers commit suicide
24 Nov 2010, 13:40
A new Montreal inter-university study has shown that pathological gamblers are three times more likely to commit suicide than non-betters.
Calangute woman hangs to death
24 Nov 2010, 05:35
A 30-year-old woman ended her life by hanging in her bedroom at Calangute on Tuesday morning.
Three persons end life in separate incidents
11 Nov 2010, 00:05
Three persons, including two students, committed suicide in three separate incidents in the state capital in the last 24 hours.
Arya suicide accused surrenders
31 Oct 2010, 05:12
After five days of the incident, one of the accused in the much- publicised suicide case of an MBA student Arya in Patrakarnagar locality, Praveen, surrendered before a Patna court on Saturday.
2010 bloodiest year for Pakistan since 2001: Report
24 Dec 2010, 17:20
A total of 1,224 people were killed and 2,157 more injured in 52 suicide attacks across Pakistan since January, making 2010 one of the bloodiest years since the turn of the century.
Failed love affair led teacher to commit suicide in Valsad
26 Nov 2010, 22:29
In a police complaint registered a month after the incident, parents of a school teacher from Abrama-Valsad have alleged that their daughter was abetted to commit suicide by her "husband's" relatives.
Man kills self
09 Jan 2011, 04:15
A job seeker Nilesh Chipnunkar (35) of Somwar Peth committed suicide at his residence on Saturday by hanging himself to a ceiling fan using a dupatta. The incident took place at about 9 am.

Youth commits suicide, apparently because of exam scare
05 Jan 2011, 19:51
Scared of the examination, a 25-year-old youth allegedly committed suicide today by jumping from the fifth floor of the building where he lived in Charni Road area in south Mumbai, police said.
Cops book seniors for clerk's suicide
27 Dec 2010, 00:49
Two senior medical officers posted at the public health centre at Bhandarbodi have been booked for abetment of suicide after a clerk attached to the PHC ended his life recently. Satish Dhande had consumed poison to end his life.
Fire in house: Body found
21 Nov 2010, 04:46
A 28-year-old man was found hanging from a ceiling fan inside a central Delhi house which caught fire at Karol Bagh on Saturday afternoon.
Tribunal holds hearing on T-suicides
15 Nov 2010, 04:24
Telangana People's Tribunal will file petitions in courts against political leaders "responsible'' for students' suicides during the agitation for separate Telangana.
Man hangs self using bycycle tube
16 Jan 2011, 03:59
A 33-year-old man committed suicide by hanging himself from the bamboo installed in the ceiling of his house. Family members came to know about the suicide in the morning when he did not come out of the room.
Actress Shobhana commits suicide
11 Jan 2011, 17:22
A supporting Kollywood actor was found dead in her house in Kotturpuram on Monday. The police said 31-year-old Shobhana committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling.
Actress Shobhana commits suicide
11 Jan 2011, 17:22
A supporting Kollywood actor was found dead in her house in Kotturpuram on Monday. The police said 31-year-old Shobhana committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling.
98-year-old jumps to death
11 Jan 2011, 06:53
A 98-year old man jumped off the ninth floor of a building in Vastrapur in the wee hours of Monday. He was allegedly suffering from loneliness and was tired of going from one place to another in the final years of his life. Officials have not found any suicide note from his residence or body.
Tamil actor commits suicide
11 Jan 2011, 01:15
A supporting Kollywood actor was found dead in her house in Kotturpuram on Monday.
3 consume poison in separate cases
05 Jan 2011, 21:53
A mentally-ill person committed suicide by consuming poison at Hodigere village of Channagiri taluk.
4 of a family commit suicide
31 Dec 2010, 00:08
Four members of a family committed suicide in a lodge in the temple town on Thursday. Their bodies were found by a lodge worker in the morning. The reasons for the extreme action are not known yet.
IITian's suicide case: Probe panel yet to submit report
20 Dec 2010, 22:24
The inquiry committee, constituted by the IIT-Kanpur authorities to probe into the suicidal death of BTech final student Madhuri Sale, has not been able to submit its report even after one month.
10 suicides in the past four days
05 Dec 2010, 04:41
There has been a spurt in the suicide incidents in the city. At least 10 people have ended their lives this month.
IITian's suicide: Probe team to submit report by month-end
24 Nov 2010, 23:03
The inquiry committee constituted by the IIT-K authorities to probe the reasons behind the suicide by Madhuri Sale, the BTech final year student, will be submitting its report at the end of the month.
Murder accused commits suicide in jail
11 Nov 2010, 00:02
A 45-year-old murder accused, who was remanded to Puzhal central prison, committed suicide on Wednesday.
Court reject Chanchal's letter petition
30 Oct 2010, 00:41
The division bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Bhalla and Justice M N Bhandari while sympathising the death of deputy law officer Chanchal Chouhan rejected her letter petition on Friday.
Youth's body recovered
16 Jan 2011, 20:35
A youth hailing from Banda was found dead under mysterious circumstances at the National highway in Maharajpur police station limits on Sunday.
Mentally challenged man ends life
02 Jan 2011, 21:17
A 50-year-old mentally challenged man committed suicide by hanging himself at his Panki residence on Saturday night.
CISF jawan shoots himself dead
30 Dec 2010, 19:20
The CISF jawan was in a bus on the service road near cargo gate number four of the international airport when he took the extreme step.
32-year-old woman ends life
25 Dec 2010, 22:11
A 32-year-old woman of Targhadi village in Rajkot district committed suicide on Friday. Usha Soni, wife of Navnit Soni, hanged herself from the ceiling fan of her room when nobody was at home, police said.

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Miranda backs anti-suicide helpline
23 Nov 2010, 12:28
Miranda Kerr is backing a telephone helpline in a bid to prevent suicides, after a similar tragedy happened in her own family last year.
Youth commits suicide in Chandigarh
14 Nov 2010, 03:01
A 19-year-old resident of Sector 24 committed suicide by hanging hanged himself from a ceiling fan inside his house on Saturday.
22 year old woman commits suicide, dies
11 Nov 2010, 22:42
Gandhigram police station officials are investigating the matter. Police say that she got married to Sanjay Shingala three year ago and it was a love marriage.
Suicide blast kills 40 at mosque in Pakistan
05 Nov 2010, 15:51
Upset over couple's remarks, girl hangs self
30 Oct 2010, 00:13
A 17 year-old-girl committed suicide at her grandmother's home in Biliguli village of Mandya taluk.
Principal booked for abetment of suicide
21 Oct 2010, 02:38
Ajni police have booked the school principal and an employee for abetment of suicide of Dinesh Satpute, a clerk in the same school. On October 8, Satpute had hanged himself to the ceiling hook in the principal`s cabin.
Three of family commit suicide in Anand
21 Dec 2010, 06:53
Three members of a family - a man and his two young sons - committed suicide in Sarsa village of Anand district on Monday. They were joined in the act by another family member, who, however, survived the suicide bid.
IIT-K suicide case: Committee to submit report in a week
30 Nov 2010, 23:19
The inquiry committee constituted by the IIT-Kanpur authorities to probe into the suicidal death of Madhuri Sale, the BTech final year student of the institute, will now be submitting its report next week.
La Martiniere principal faces charge of abetment
20 Nov 2010, 03:52
La Martiniere for Boys principal Sunirmal Chakravarthi and three teachers accused in the death of Class VIII student Rouvanjit Rawla will now be tried for abetment to suicide.
Counselling centres fail to convince students
18 Nov 2010, 21:16
Seemingly, the efforts being made by the IIT-K authorities to counsel the depressed students have gone in vain.

Severe acne raises suicide risk
12 Nov 2010, 12:12
Individuals who have a severe acne problem are at a higher risk of attempting suicide, reveals a new study.
Love-struck medical student kills himself for Orkut lover
04 Nov 2010, 15:45
Rupak Nath committed suicide in Agartala as he felt his Orkut friend Rima(name changed) had ditched him.
Tormentors of Arya go into hiding
27 Oct 2010, 10:32
A day after Arya ended her life to escape alleged physical exploitation and assault by her ex-lover and his friends, police picked up her neighbour Stuti and fanned out to different destinations to nab the other culprits.
Tormentors of Arya go into hiding
27 Oct 2010, 07:26
A day after Arya ended her life on Monday to escape alleged physical exploitation and assault by her ex-lover and his friends, police picked up her neighbour Stuti and fanned out to different destinations to nab the other culprits named by the deceased as her tormentors in her suicide note.
Young lovers commit suicide near ajmer
08 Jan 2011, 06:00
In a story that sounds like one straight out of a movie, a young couple committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train in Ajmer district, leaving behind only a two-line suicide note that read: "Dear father, we are dying... this is the only way we can live together."
In death, he gives PGI Rs 31L, house
29 Dec 2010, 01:03
PGI Chandigarh on Tuesday got an unexpected gift - Rs 31 lakh in cash, some immovable property, and a body donated for research.
Bank manager's wife, 45-year-old man commit suicide in separate cases
29 Dec 2010, 00:44
A bank manager's wife and a 45-year-old man committed suicide by hanging in separate incidents on Monday evening. No suicide note was found in either case.
Twin suicide blasts kill 9 in western Iraq
27 Dec 2010, 20:04
Two suicide bombers on Monday blew themselves up, killing nine people at the government compound in the provincial capital of Ramadi, local officials in the Iraqi province of Anbar said.
Neighbour booked for woman's suicide
17 Dec 2010, 04:24
The mother of a 13-year-old who committed suicide on December 13 has accused a neighbour of abetting the suicide. The police have arrested the accused and got MCR for one day.
RBI employee's wife kills self
30 Nov 2010, 05:23
The wife of a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) employee committed suicide in Dover Lane on Monday morning. Mita Dey, 49, a homemaker, left a suicide note.

Eight suicides in 48 hours
28 Nov 2010, 06:29
That's the sad story of Bangalore's recent run of deaths, which include the suicide of two techies on Thursday. On Saturday, a PU student consumed poison in his hostel, two women were victims of domestic woes and father died while trying to save woman.
12-year-old boy commits suicide
16 Nov 2010, 22:21
A Class VII student of HN Shiksha Niketan School, Barra, allegedly hanged himself to death on Tuesday.
16-yr-old attempts suicide by consuming acid
14 hours ago
A 16-year-old girl attempted suicide by consuming acid in the Jawahar Circle police station area on Monday.
Propery dealer commits suicide in Malviya Nagar
14 Jan 2011, 23:24
A 57-year-old property dealer committed suicide by slashing his wrist in Sector 11 of Malviya Nagar on Thursday night. Cops suspect he was under depression due to financial problems, but are yet to ascertain the cause behind the suicide.
17-yr-old dies after 'jumping' off terrace
09 Jan 2011, 07:31
A 17-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the terrace of her 12-storey residential building at Malad (west) on Saturday afternoon. The police have not found any suicide note as yet.
Tanzanian found dead in city
02 Jan 2011, 23:19
A Tanzanian national was found dead in his room in Alwal on Sunday morning. Police suspect he might have committed suicide by consuming poison.
Tanzanian student found dead in Hyderabad
02 Jan 2011, 20:32
A decomposed body of a 25-year-old Tanzanian student was found in his flat at Alwal area here this morning and police suspect that the student might have committed suicide.
CRPF jawan commits suicide
01 Jan 2011, 23:08
Raveesh, a relative of Dilip, said, "He was a graduate and had joined the CRPF to serve the country, he could not commit suicide. He had no problems."
'Human bomb' spills beans on all-women Taliban death squads
30 Dec 2010, 07:06
Taliban have set up all women suicide squads to carry out deadly terror mission on both sides of the Afghan-Pak border, a captured 12-year-old girl has revealed.
Iraqi kills daughter recruited as al-Qaida bomber
24 Dec 2010, 19:25
Iraqi police say a man has killed his 19-year-old daughter after discovering al-Qaida had recruited her as a suicide bomber.

15 Famous People With Personality Disorders

15 Famous People With Personality Disorders

At the risk of sounding like the awful US Weekly segment devoted to showing how stars are just like us because they also buy gasoline and eat food (who knew?), famous people are, well, people. They're no better or worse than anyone else, and no less susceptible to things like personality disorders or emotional or mental instability. Unfortunately, problems like that tend to be pretty heavily stigmatized in Hollywood, which drives those who suffer from them to ignore or hide their problems, which only makes them worse. If there's anything to be gleaned from the collective stories of these famous people who've suffered from personality disorders -- some of whom are famous because of those disorders -- it's that it's never too late to get help, and it's always OK to be honest with people about what you're going through.

1. Carrie Fisher: Carrie Fisher has made no secret of her struggles with substance abuse and bipolar disorder. Stephen Fry (who appears later on this list) also suffers from the disease, also known as manic depression, and Fisher appeared on a TV special he did about the disease and its various stigmas and myths. As Fisher said a few years ago, "It is really important to see a doctor, particularly a psychiatrist who specializes in mental illness."

2.Herschel Walker: In his autobiography, former running back Herschel Walker revealed that he suffered from dissociative identity disorder, or what used to be called multiple personality disorder. As a result of the warring personalities, Walker says he doesn't remember the moment or even the season that he won the Heisman Trophy. "I feel the greatest achievement of my life will be to tell the world my truth," he wrote.

3.# Howard Hughes: In his prime, Howard Hughes was known for being a pioneer in business, aviation, and filmmaking -- three skill sets that merged when he designed a new cantilevered bra for Jane Russell -- but now he's sadly remembered as a recluse driven to crippling depths by obsessive-compulsive disorder. Yet even his fixation on Russell's physique was a sign of his mind's inability to let things alone. In December 1947, he spent four months in his private screening room, holed up like an animal. He spent most of the end of his life hiding from public view and addicted to various medications.

4.Paula Deen: Paula Deen is known to TV viewers as a cook unafraid to use staggering amounts of butter on everything, but she's also struggled with anxiety disorders. A bout of depression in her early 20s led to an onset of agoraphobia, and she became basically housebound for close to 20 years. She spent most of her time cooking for her family because it allowed her to pursue a skill without having to set foot outside her home. She didn't even know much about her agoraphobia until learning about the disorder on an episode of The Phil Donahue Show, which encouraged her to re-examine things. Her approach worked for her, but most people are better off talking with a professional.

5.Elton John: A persistent but dangerous myth about bulimia nervosa is that it only affects women, or teenage girls. In truth, it can affect people of both genders and all ages. In a 2002 interview with Larry King, Elton John revealed not only that he'd been aware of Princess

6.Brooke Shields: In 2005, Brooke Shields went public with her battles against postpartum depression, which had wrecked her after the birth of her first child in 2003. The depression manifests itself in fatigue, diminished sexual urges, erratic eating patterns, and an inability to stay emotionally balanced. It's a common problem for many women (and occasionally a few men), and Shields' problems were likely complicated by personal stresses including a previous miscarriage and the death of her father shortly before the birth. As many people remember, she was subsequently blasted by Tom Cruise for seeking psychiatric help to overcome the problem.

7.# John Nash: John Nash's lifelong struggle with paranoid schizophrenia was ably documented in the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind. Although the man was a mathematical genius who was wooed by the Ivy League and who eventually won a Nobel Prize, he began to believe that a shadowy group of men was chasing him with the intention of starting a new government. Some medications worked better than others, and through sheer perseverance, Nash eventually began to climb out of the mental hole he'd dug.

8.# Michael Phelps: Amid the insane number of world records and Olympic gold medals, Michael Phelps is just another guy who's had to deal with a problem that's confronted many other people: attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. After an inability to concentrate led to the diagnosis when Phelps was in middle school, he worked with his parents and teachers to impose a better structure on his life and learning habits. Coupled with the right medication and dedication, he was able to overcome the issue.

9 Stephen Fry: Stephen Fry's been making fantastic comedy since the early 1980s, but it wasn't until years later that he discussed his struggles with bipolar disorder. His documentary, Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive, examined his ups and downs while also interviewing other celebrities who've dealt with the issue. Fry even attempted suicide at one point, but he's been able to push through and take a dryly positive on the affair: "I rely on it to give my life a sense of adventure, and I think most of the good about me has developed as a result of my mood swings."

10. 10. Richard Dreyfuss: Richard Dreyfuss was one of the many who appeared on Fry's documentary, and he spoke about his own battles with bipolar disorder. Before being diagnosed, Dreyfuss would often lose control of his emotions, but work and medication have turned him around. "I reclaimed a career," he says of his ability to not only live with the disease but thrive.
11. Billy Joel: Billy Joel's latter-day battles with alcohol were popular tabloid fodder, but the man had some serious issues with depression when he was younger. Career setbacks in the early 1970s led to an onset so severe that he tried to kill himself by drinking furniture polish. The only thing that saved him was being taken to the hospital by his drummer. He was eventually able to bounce back and resume his musical career.
12. Drew Carey: For all his outward good humor, Drew Carey's dealt with some serious problems in his day. His 1997 autobiography revealed that he was once molested and that he later suffered bouts of depression and even attempted suicide (twice) by swallowing copious amounts of sleeping pills. It was his time in the military in his 20s that helped him discover purpose and direction and helped shape the personality he'd eventually use in his stand-up comedy.
13. Brian Wilson: Beach Boy Brian Wilson's mental health issues aren't news -- there have been songs about them -- but they serve as a reminder to everyone else that the earlier you seek diagnosis and help, the better. His creative worries and despondency deepened when the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band forced him to abandon his band's own Smile, and he spent years locked away in his home. He was later diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type, as well as hints of other ailments. Thankfully, he's made improvements, even releasing Smile after decades of getting it just right.

14. Jim Carrey: Extreme moods are no strangers to comedians, and Jim Carrey's no exception. In 2004, he revealed that he's had problems with depression, and took medication for a while before trying a regimen that mixed dietary restrictions with spiritual focus.
15. Mike Wallace: Legendary journalist Mike Wallace was frank about his depression in a recent interview, saying, "There's nothing, repeat, nothing to be ashamed of when you're going through a depression. If you get help, the chances of your licking it are really good. But, you have to get yourself onto a safe path." Wallace sank into depression in the mid-1980s, spurred by a libel lawsuit filed by Gen. Westmoreland about a piece Wallace had done on Vietnam two years earlier. His keys to survival were the same ones for everyone: treatment and support.

Content © 2009 Online Degree.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Surviving Suicide: Help to heal your heart, Aasra-HELP initiative, Johnson Thomas

Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up, depends on us. — L. Thomas Holdcroft
Suicide changes millions of lives. MILLIONS of lives…
Aasra (Suicide Intervention Centre), AFSP(American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) and HELP library invite you to a special audio-visual presentation on
‘Surviving suicide: Help to Heal your heart’ on
Wednesday 29th Dec 2010 as part of our ‘Suicide survivors Day’ program
Between 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm at HELP library, D..N Road, C.S,T
Speakers; Johnson Thomas( Surviving Suicide). Shreyas Rao(Managing Mental Illness), Ami Dixit(Caregivers guide to Mental illness)

HELP TALK on "Suicide Survivors" on 29th Dec 2010 at HELP Library.

As you are aware, we had recorded your talk and have uploaded the same on our website and on youtube in 5 parts, the links of which are as follows:

Link of your feedback:

Suicide Survivors Day 2010 nov 20 3 pm & 6 pm

Dear Johnson Thomas,

This confirms the registration of your site for AFSP's
National Survivors of Suicide Day on November 20, 2010.

Important information regarding the webcast and DVD requirements is located at

Please review the Technical Information Sheet for important information on
advance testing of the webcast and DVD, plus testing and set-up for the day of.

Be sure that your Local Technical Organizer has a copy of this Sheet.

If you require technical assistance, please call 703-242-4596 or e-mail

We look forward to your hosting of this important program. Thank you.
Kenny Reff
National Technical Coordinator
National Survivors of Suicide Day
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Rebecca Thorp
Survivor Initiatives Manager
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
120 Wall Street, 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10005
Phone: 212-363-3500, ext. 33
Fax: 212-363-6237
From: Rebecca Thorp
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 5:22 PM
To: ''; ''
Subject: Survivors of suicide day 2010

Dr. Mr. Thomas,

You were in touch over the summer to let us know that you are again planning to organize a local conference site for National Survivors of Suicide Day. Thank you! Just a friendly reminder that you’ll need to fill out this short online registration form.

If, by any chance, your plans have changed, kindly let us know.

Thanks very much!

Step-by-step guide to organizing a site:

Registration Form


Rebecca Thorp
Survivor Initiatives Manager
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
120 Wall Street, 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10005
Phone: 212-363-3500, ext. 33
Fax: 212-363-6237

-----Original Message-----
From: alicia raimundo []
Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 2:16 PM
To: Rebecca Thorp
Subject: Re: Survivors of suicide day 2010

My day time phone number currently is 4168053189( however that will soon be changing as well, I will email the new number when it changes) and my address is 1014 sherman crescent pickering ontario canada L1X 1P3

-----Original Message-----
From: Rebecca Thorp
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 16:46:02
Subject: RE: Survivors of suicide day 2010

Thank you, Alicia. Can you also send your daytime phone # and mailing address?


Rebecca Thorp
Survivor Initiatives Manager
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
120 Wall Street, 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10005
Phone: 212-363-3500, ext. 33
Fax: 212-363-6237

From: Raimundo, Alicia []
Sent: Monday, December 07, 2009 8:26 AM
To: Rebecca Thorp
Subject: RE: Survivors of suicide day 2010

Dear Rebecca,
This information looks great! I just wanted to let you know that my email will be changing soon. To reach me please email either or . Thanks!

Have a good day,
Alicia S. Raimundo
Research Assistant of Robert Arrabito
Human Systems Integration Section
Defence Research and Development Canada - Toronto
1133 Sheppard Avenue West, Toronto, ON M3M 3B9

From: Rebecca Thorp []
Sent: Friday, December 04, 2009 2:16 PM
To: Raimundo, Alicia
Subject: RE: Survivors of suicide day 2010

Dear Alicia,

Thank you very much for you interest helping other survivors of suicide loss by organizing a conference site for AFSP's 12th Annual Nt. Survivors of Suicide Day on Saturday, November 20, 2010. I will be sure to be in touch with specifics for next year's event, but in the meantime, you can take a look at the information at to get an idea of how this works. After you look it over, just let me know if you have any questions.

Rebecca Thorp
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Survivor Initiatives Manager
120 Wall Street, 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10005
Phone: 212-363-3500 x33
Fax: 212-363-6237


From: Raimundo, Alicia []
Sent: Thursday, November 26, 2009 2:16 PM
Subject: Survivors of suicide day 2010

My name is Alicia Raimundo and I was wondering if you have to apply for the right to hold a surviving suicide loss conference? I was thinking trying to organize one in Toronto, or waterloo next year, since Hamilton and Windsor is not a feasible commute for many. I would really enjoy the opportunity to organize one of these conferences!
Have a good day,
Alicia S. Raimundo
Research Assistant of Robert Arrabito
Human Systems Integration Section
Defence Research and Development Canada - Toronto
1133 Sheppard Avenue West, Toronto, ON M3M 3B9
Reply Reply to all Forward

Johnson Thomas
to Rebecca
show details 8:02 AM (27 minutes ago)
We will be conducting the programme as scheduled.

Johnson Thomas
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This technical information should be given directly to your conference site’s Local
Technical Organizer. Any technical questions should be directed to AFSP’s National
Technical Coordinator, Kenny Reff, of Limelight Communications, at or 703-242-4596.
AFSP’s National Survivors of Suicide Day broadcast will take place on Saturday,
November 20, 2010 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm Eastern Standard Time. Local
conference sites have the option of showing the broadcast by live webcast or DVD.
This document contains technical instructions for both options.
Note for Conference Sites Outside of the United States:
If you live in a time zone where the live webcast would be impractical, you may show
the webcast “on-demand” at 1:00pm local time. This will be possible even if you are in a
time zone ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the United States (GMT-5). A special link
will be emailed to your Local Technical Organizer with testing instructions by November
1. Register: The Primary Organizer must register the conference site in advance at If you
are not sure if your site is registered, please check the list of 2010 participating cities
at Only registered sites are listed there.
2. A high-speed Internet connection:
You can use a good-quality DSL, cable modem or other broadband connection of
300KB/sec or higher. The webcast will be delivered at a rate for 56K dial-up
connections, and also at 300KB and 500KB for broadband connections. The
broadband speeds are vastly preferable for projection to a large group. In fact, the
56K dial-up rate should really be viewed as primarily an audio due to the poor video
quality of dial-up. Check your download connection speed at (Select the city closest to you.)
3. A Windows PC or Mac computer:
This year, the program will be webcast using Flash Video. This is the same
technology used by You Tube and many other video sites. Chances are very good
that you have the required Flash plug-in on your Internet browser. At a minimum,
version 9 is required. Version 10 is preferred. You can check what version of Flash you
have by going to You Tube, playing a video, and right-clicking on the video window. One of
the selections will be "About Flash x", where "x" is the version of Flash you are running."
The latest version can be downloaded from Adobe at
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Your computer must also have a sound card and speakers.
4. Video presentation equipment:
If you plan to have a large gathering, an LCD projector and screen is recommended.
The projector will take the output of your computer and project it on a screen.
5. Audio amplification system appropriate for the size of the room and the audience.
The audio signal can be obtained from the line-out jack of your computer.
There are a number of things that can cause poor performance during a webcast, so be
sure to run the following tests in advance to ensure good performance on National
Survivors of Suicide Day. Run the first test on November 15. Run the second test on the
morning of the event. The Flash Player will default to the 300KB speed. Use the Low,
Medium and High buttons on the player to change the speed and quality of the
streaming webcast. If you experience problems with playback, choose a lower
connection speed.
If you encounter problems during your tests, check the following:
Network Firewalls. If your IT department has a firewall on the network, it could
slow or stop the webcast. Talk to your IT person prior to the event to see about
temporarily disabling it.
Local firewall. Some computers also have firewall software installed. You may
see evidence of this in the tray on the lower right of Windows. Glide your mouse
over the icons to see if one is a firewall. If so, right click on it. There will often be
a disable option in the menu that pops up.
Traffic on the network. Just because you’re on a network does not mean you
have unlimited access. If many users are on it at the same time, your connection
speed may decrease.
Old Flash plug-in or no Flash plug-in. Make sure you’re running version 9 or
later. See above for download links to update if necessary.
Slow computer. Make sure all other programs are closed. Reboot, then let the
computer sit idle for 3-5 minutes prior to connecting (this allows certain
background program kernels to initialize)
1. Test 5 Days Prior to Event:
A 24-hour live webcast test will commence 6:00am November 15, 2010, through
6:00am EST November 16, 2010. During this test, you will connect to the same
servers that will deliver the actual program. It is highly suggested that you conduct
your test on the same computer using the same connection you will use during the
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Webcast Link:
The link for the webcast test and live program can be found at: The Flash Player will default to the 300KB
speed. Use the Low, Medium and High buttons on the player to change the speed
and quality of the streaming webcast. If you experience problems with playback,
choose a lower connection speed.
Please note that the links on this page may not be active, or may show other
program material prior to the test day on November 15 and prior to the live webcast
on November 20, 2010.
2. Day-of-Event Test and Live Webcast
On National Survivors of Suicide Day, November 20, 2010, the webcast link will
begin transmitting a live test at 9:00am EST. It is highly suggested that you conduct
your test on the same computer using the same connection you will use during the
event. During this test, you will connect to the same servers that will deliver the
actual program.
Go to and click on the National Survivors of
Suicide Day webcast link. The Flash Player will default to the 300KB speed. Use the
Low, Medium and High buttons on the player to change the speed and quality of the
streaming webcast. If you experience problems with playback, choose a lower
connection speed. Once you receive the test successfully, you should stay
connected. The broadcast will automatically begin at 1:00pm EST and end at
Note: Once you’ve got the signal, you may wish to display the webcast full screen.
Although this does make the image bigger, it will also make it less clear. To change
your display to full screen, use the appropriate button on the Flash video player.
When the webcast is finished, press the Esc key on your keyboard to return to
standard view
If any questions/problems come up just prior to or during the program, call AFSP’s
National Technical Coordinator, Kenny Reff of Limelight Communications at
1. Register: If you opt to show the DVD, you must register your site absolutely no later
than Monday, November 8, 2010 and select DVD as the preferred method of
showing the program. AFSP will ship the DVD to the Primary Organizer by regular
mail during the week prior to National Survivors of Suicide Day.
2. Video presentation equipment:
You will be receiving a standard DVD that can be played in any set-top DVD player,
or on computers equipped to play DVDs.
Note for Conference Sites Outside of the United States: The DVD is in NTSC
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format. If you do not have a NTSC DVD player, please see information above on
how to show webcast.
If you plan to have a large gathering, an LCD projector and screen are
recommended. You can use either a DVD player or a computer to feed the
projector. If using a DVD player, simply connect the video output from the DVD
player to a video input on the projector. Usually, “RCA” cables are used for this. If
using a computer, connect one end of the SVGA cable that came with the projector
to the SVGA output of the computer, and the other end to the SVGA input on the
3. Audio amplification equipment:
Don’t forget your audio will need to be amplified as well! You will need a PA system
appropriate for the size of the room and the audience. If using a set-top DVD player,
connect the audio outputs from the player to the PA system. This is usually done
using “RCA” cables. If using a computer to project the DVD, you will need an audio
cable that has a stereo mini plug on one end (for the computer) and two RCA
connectors on the other end (for the amplifier). All cables mentioned in this section
can be purchased at an electronics store like Best Buy, Circuit City or Radio Shack.

Buddha's tips on managing a stressfull/disturbed mind


Once when Buddha was walking from one town to another with a few of his followers, they happened to pass a lake.

They stopped there and Buddha said to one of his disciples, I am thirsty. Go and get me some water from that lake there.

The disciple walked up to the lake. When he reached it, he noticed that some people were washing clothes in the water, and right at that moment, a bullock cart started crossing through the lake.As a result, the water became very muddy, very turbid. The disciple thought, How can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink! So he came back and said to Buddha, The water in the lake is very muddy. I dont think it is fit to drink. After about half an hour, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back to the lake and get him some water to drink. The disciple obediently went back to the lake. This time he found that the lake had absolutely clear water in it. The mud had settled down and the water above it looked fit to be had. So he collected some water in a pot and brought it to Buddha.

Buddha looked at the water, and then he looked up at the disciple and said, See what you did to make the water clean. You let it be, and the mud settled down on its own and then you got clear water. Your mind is also like that! When it is disturbed, just let it be. Give it a little time. It will settle down on its own. You dont have to put in any effort to calm it down.

It will happen. It is effortless.

Happiness Always

How to beat exam stress

Johnson Thomas, Director , Aasra

Exam stress is more rampant in India because we have a larger population under the age group of 30 ( 60%), high risk group for suicide and depression worldwide is between 15 and 40 yrs. And we have a peculiar culture and attitude that stresses on academics above all other talents. more weightage is given to academics than any other achievement. Even life skills are neglected in favor of academic achievements. So when stress happens students find themselves inadequately equipped for coping with difficult situations.

We need a better understanding of the role of stress in accelerating depressive illnesses which in turn accentuate the risk of early death by suicide. Systemic changes and concerted awareness campaigns are required to bring about a changes in behavior with regards to priorities in life. Stress-management interventions for high-risk groups at an early age can also have a positive impact on early risk trajectories, yle choices, Systemic changes, informed lifestyle choices and Stress management, combined with promoting healthy lifestyles in adolescence and young adulthood, are more likely to generate long-term economic and social advantages.

Aasra doesn't give advice. We only facilitate the process of de-stressing in times of crisis. We are a crisis intervention centre for suicide prevention and pride ourselves for not forcing our views on our clients/callers. Through the process of non-directive counselling which we term as befriending- we empower our clients to make decisions likely to alleviate their stress as best suited to their unique situation.

tips for students to beat stress..

Students have a lot of stress especially during the exam period. Exams themselves are a compelling experience that causes stress, because the stakes are high: the dreams that students make for their lives, the pressure of unfulfilled dreams of their parents, the beginning of a career, the expectations that they have for themselves, the expectations parents have for their children. The exam stress is usually associated with the fear that students will disappoint their parents by their performance, and with the expectations they have from themselves. Physical symptoms:( abdominal pains, headaches, rapid pulse, sweating, tremor, nausea, muscle tension)

Stress is created by the negative thoughts created and grow inside our mind and in the worst case, stress can completely block our mind, and lead us to abandon our effort.Stress can:Limit the ability of our actual performance and Makes us suffer, both physically and mentally. The symptoms are usually a Reduction of performance(Difficulty in concentration, mental blockade (black out), difficulty in organizing information), Psychological symptoms( negative thoughts, low self-esteem , irritability and insomnia)

Tips to manage/reduce stress
Prepare well before exams( at least start 2-3 months in advance) if possible. if you are the type to study at the last minute then concentrate on important chapters deduced from previous question paper sets. Do not waste time overexerting or else you will not do well.

Identify capability and learn as per your capability and not as per yours or others expectations
be practical and manage time as per your individual capacity to absorb information
stay away from those you percieve to be better at studies than you, especially during the exam period
accept your performance for what it is rather than what you want it to be
Remember there is always a second chance at an exam. Tthere is no reason to be ashamed if you do badly in one. it's just that your skills lie in a different (as yet unexplored) direction. There is no reason to lose hope ever!

Johnson Thomas
helpline:91-22- 27546669/27546667
mob: 9820466726