‘Launch national suicide prevention helpline,’ girl appeals to Dr Harsh Vardhan

A girl has launched a petition on Change.org which makes an appeal to the union health ministry, to create and launch a national suicide helpline for people at risk of suicide across the country. The girl, named Raashi Thakran narrated an incident which had a great impact on their her life and the events which prompted her to take this step

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In a petition published online on Change.org, Raashi Thakran, spoke about a traumatic memory from her life.

She stated, “It was around 8:45 pm when the bell rang. I was in my room. I could vaguely hear my dad as he rushed out of the house. Confused, I called him. After a few seconds, he picked up and I realized that he was sobbing. I’d never seen my dad cry. And then, he said something that will haunt me forever – “Raghav is gone.”

Raashi informed, “My little brother was only 18. He was my best friend and my idol. He was the kind of person who wanted to help everyone but never asked for anything in return. On 6th January, 2019 – we lost him to suicide.”

Raashi has now urged netizens online to sign her petition asking the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to launch a national helpline number for suicide prevention by September 10 (World Suicide Prevention Day) and also address this issue at a national level so that one knows that help is just a call away.

Raashi said, “We cannot remove stigma without all the forces working together recognising that mental illness is an illness that needs treatment. Join me and take a #StandAgainstSuicide to save a life because #MentalHealthMatters.”

Raashi also put forth some shocking facts and figures which will make you rethink about the reality of mental health in India.

Raashi elaborated, “My story is not unique, this is the story of a million families who lose a brother, a sister, a father, a mother or a friend to this silent prey. According to WHO, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults. Data released recently by the online journal Lancet Public Health, as part of its Global Burden of Disease Study (1990 to 2016), revealed, for the first time, the quantum of the problem India is facing: In 2016, it had the highest number of suicide deaths and it’s only increasing every year.”

Raashi also did some research of her own over the course of time before filing this petition online. She wanted to make sure whether the existing helpline numbers were functioning or not.

She shared her experience saying, “Another disturbing truth that I came across while doing my research was that most of the suicide helpline numbers do not work. I dialled around 15 numbers but most of the calls went unanswered, some numbers were switched off. Only three responded.”

This girl has now made it her goal to do all she can to spread awareness about mental health issues.

She declared, “It is now my goal to create a safe space for anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts and invoke a sense of will within the government to address mental health issues.”

Source: Raashi Thakran Twitter