> johnson thomas,
> director councellor,
> aasra foundation
> arcade plot no 100
> sector 16
> navi mumbai 400709
> subject :-i) have attached the college letter
> ii) questionnaire related to high rate of suicide in women
> 1.) if a suicide paitent who have survived suicide instance and the paitent comes to you what therapy or advice do you give them?
The client needs counselling and long-term therapy so that, that suicidal instance is not repeated again. We offer them that support. We also have support group services fpeople who have attempted suicide so that they are able to talk about their experiences freely and feel supported by people who are similar to them.
> 2.)how many cases of women suicide have your organisation handled? if possible can you please give one case example please?
We have handled many cases where women have expressed their suicidal intent. Almost 60% of our callers are women who are in distress. We offer then unbiased, non-judgemental , non critical listening therapy(non directive counselling) which is very effective for crisis intervention for suicide prevention. It would not be ethical for me to divulge any details of cases we have handled.
> 3.)what are the various warning signs that one come to know that a suicide paitent is crying for help?
> Do go to our blog
for the warning signs/suicidal intent
> 4.)what is the best solution and best way to help women who are suicidal?
> answered in Question 2.
> 5.)what are the prevention measures your organisation does for prevention of suicide in women?
We have a 24x7 helpline(022-27546669/27546667). We also have face to face counselling service. We have support groups for women suffering from depression/metal illness/suicide attemptors andwe also conduct workshops in various educational institutions and workplaces to make women aware of our services which they could avail of when in distress.
> 6)if a suicide has taken place how does the family handle the case in terms what reaction do they get from the society?
> In India suicide and mental illness are still considered a stigma. Coupled with the law that punishes suicide attempt survivors it becomes doubly difficult for women or anyone to seek help when in need of it. They fear the society's negative reaction. People are even termed mad when thye are seen going to a psychiatrist or any mental health professional. The awareness of mental health issues is very limited in our society.
> 7)why are more women comitting suicide than men
Since our society is acutely patriachal, women hold a lowly place as compared to men. They are often subjugated, abused, controlled and harrassed by the men in their lives. The recent domestic violence act has made a small beginning in redressing that imbalance but it's still a long way off when women can feel completely secure in this man's world. It's also true that women are driven more by the heart than the head. They are far more emotional than men and that makes them far more vulnerable to distress.
> article on march 8 and april 16 reported that the women who comitted suicide first killed their children and then they comitted the act whats the link between the two case and whats the main cause? When women see no way out of their distressing predicament they choose death over life. Their children are part of their being and they believe that if they themselves were not being treated with respect and undertsanding they cannot expect that a part of their very being , their children, be treated with love, respect and understanding. hence they feel that ending their child's life alonghside theirs is justified.
> 8) what is the role of husband played to help his wife who is suicidal
> what impact does it have on husband after his wife has committed suicide?
Many women suffer from depression because of hormonal changes in their body. This happens post-delivery too. Husbands should be more involved and attentivie to their wives' needs. They must be supportive and understanding and must even help in taking care of the child/children so that their wives' can get the required rest needed to keep them calm and composed. It also prevents them from being overwhelmed by the responsibilities associated with bring up children.
When a wife commits suicide the husband is devastated emotionally. More often than not, He is also blamed for the death of his wife. He undergoes a lot of trauma and grief over the event and even has to face the distress of being questioned by the police and in some cases be imprisoned. It is a devastating experience for any man. he can also end up being suicidal himself. Depending on his mental framework, He might also become resentful about women.
> these are the types of questions please sir let me knw if the above question you can answer
THE BELOW IS THE REPORT I HAVE INCLUDED IN MY REPORT I INTERVIWED VARIOUS OTHER ORGANIZATION LIKE MAJLIS LITIGATION CENTRE, FIDAI ACADEMY , CLINICAL PSHYCOLOGIST , SAHELI AND SOME OF THE STAFF FROM RCWS(RESEARCH CENTRE FOR WOMEN STUDIES)
"I interviwed one of the the quickest helpline that is aasra foundation I had taken an appointment to go to their organization but as they were free only at Sunday night and the organization aasra foundation is located in navi Mumbai so couldn’t go so I had sent my questionnaire through mail which was replied by Johnson Thomas Director of Aasra foundation helpline and I have attached the questionnaire. Aasra foundation is one of the quickest helpline from all the other organization I tried calling vabdrewala foundation and samaritians but both of the organization dint answer by call"
THANKS SIR FOR YOUR REPLY IM SORRY FOR BOTHERING YOU AS I HAD TO ARRANGE AND SUM UP MY DATA AND I DO UNDERSTAND THAT INSPITE OF YOUR BUSY SHEDULE YOU DID SPENT YOUR PRECIOUS TIME TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONNAIRE AN IM SO GRATEFUL THAT YOUR ORGANIZATION IS THE QUICKEST HELPLINE AND THAT IS WHAT I AM GOIN TO INCLUDE IN MY SEMINAR TOO