Rotaractors address suicide

Unfortunately, some people get so depressed as a result of their mental illness or stress, that they consider suicide as an option to escape their emotional pain. They don’t really want to die; they just don’t know how to cope with or eliminate the pain they are going through. These thoughts were shared by Rtr Dhruv Parikh, President of Rotaract Club of ISME, RID 3141.

A session on self-development in progress.
A session on self-development in progress.

The Rotaractors commemorated World Suicide Prevention Day (Sep 10) with anti-suicide campaigns. ‘Working together to prevent suicide’ is their club’s theme for the year. The Rotaractors visited schools, colleges and offices and conducted events such as slogan writing contests where the participants had to write positive messages to overcome suicidal inclinations, and essay competitions where they had to write words of encouragement to people with suicidal thoughts. The charts and essays were displayed on the campuses for a wider awareness and reading.

Place your hand over your heart, can you feel it? That is called purpose. You’re alive for a reason, so don’t ever give up. When you feel like giving up, just remember the reason why you held on for so long. If you kill yourself, you are also going to kill the people who love you. Pleasure and pain are two aspects of life. They are inseparable. If you are experiencing the painful side of life right now, you will inevitably experience the pleasurable side in the future — the tide will turn.

An office staff writes an anti-suicide slogan.
An office staff writes
an anti-suicide slogan.

The Rotaractors shared these positive messages in the talks they delivered at the various campuses.

“By the end of the programme, we were very satisfied that we were able to address a traumatic yet less-recognised issue plaguing all parts of the world,” said Parikh.

The club, along with RAC S K Somaiya and RC Bombay Powai, organised a session on self-development at the ISME campus. Motivational speeches were delivered by Sharmee Divan, Pavan Badlani and Raj Shamani on loving yourself, taking risks, facing failure and the art of giving. “It was the kind of session that helped students relate to personal challenges and inspired them to think big,” he said.

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