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I'm completely self-funded as of now and sold my car to set up the company. I'm an "accidental" social entrepreneur. I didn't set out to do this but realized during my writing and research that there is precious little being done in India for suicide prevention and promoting awareness. India doesn't have a suicide prevention policy, has fewer than 50 suicide crisis helplines (majority are not operative 365 days and 24/7) and an 87 shortage of mental health professionals. I decided to go beyond writing and do something about it.
Gatekeepers are trained to identify signs of suicide among a friend, colleague or family member, provide early intervention, and refer them further to a mental health professional. The Gatekeeper program is a WHO-recommended suicide prevention strategies to reduce suicides. While there are millions of trained Gatekeepers in the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, India has less than 1000 trained Gatekeepers. I believe trained Gatekeepers will be the backbone and the first line of defense in India's fight against suicide.
Rohan Sabharwal, filmmaker and suicide survivor:
Dr. Masthi Diwakar, Bangalore-based psychiatrist:
“For laypersons, the training is indeed very useful and easy to understand. I feel that the training module is pretty much balanced and addresses all the important issues related to suicide prevention.”
Keshavan Balasubramanian, Engineer at Tata Elxsi:
"It's simple yet effective. One never knows who would need it and when.
Awareness is important. I'd encourage people to take it up."
What this means is that your money will directly fund (completely free or partially subsidized) the training (Rs 300 for individual or Rs 15,000 for instructor training) of someone who cannot afford the course. As of now, we are training interns, students, counselors providing free or subsidized therapy, volunteers and employees of suicide crisis helplines in India.
The money will also be used for suicide awareness workshops (schools, colleges, and workplaces), short film, social media, and other marketing collateral (car stickers, posters and so on) to spread the message.
If you choose to support the training, we shall send you the name/s of the people and the organizations that they work for so that you know who you are supporting directly. We shall also list all schools, colleges and workplaces where we will conduct suicide awareness workshops.
Please call 8033037556 or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
More information about Suicide Prevention India Foundation:
Suicide Prevention India Foundation has signed an exclusive binding MoU with QPR Institute to launch their suite of suicide prevention training programs in India. QPR Institute is the world leader in suicide prevention training and has trained 3 million globally so far since 1999. We have launched the layperson training in India at a subsidized cost. The individual certificate training program that costs $30 (QPR retail price) or Rs 1950 with QPR Institute will be sold at Rs. 300. We shall also offer it free for volunteers at suicide crisis helplines, counselors who provide therapy to marginalized communities or vulnerable sections, and students who can't afford the training. Over the next six months, we shall launch instructor training (master trainers who will train Gatekeepers), organization training (schools, colleges, and workplaces), and training for professionals.
At Suicide Prevention India Foundation, we have four main initiatives for 2018-19: 1) Suicide prevention through online and offline training programs in partnership with US-based QPR Institute targeted at laypersons, professionals, organizations (colleges and corporates) and instructors; 2) Mental health professionals directoryto refer those who are suicidal consisting only of psychiatrists and clinical psychologists 3) Conducting suicide awareness workshops to highlight the serious issue that India faces, busting myths and talking about how suicide can be prevented 4) Suicide survivor India Project chronicling stories of those who have survived suicide.
The QPR Institute’s mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.