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Their work stretches from Zimbabwe to Japan, from Lithuania to Brazil, and the Befrienders Worldwide network shares information and also links with external contacts to share experience and demonstrate the role of volunteer suicide reduction centres.
Integral to this is the Befrienders Worldwide website - being up-dated in time for World Suicide Prevention Day that lists help lines around the world and information on suicide in 104 languages.
Saath is the only suicide prevention centre of Gujarat. Saath was founded on 27 th Nov, 1998 by Ms. Anju Sheth.
Thinks idea of social cause was initiated by Ms. Anju Sheth was interested and keen to start such an organization because there was a set back in her family also. Two teenagers in her family had committed suicide.
So she came to know about Sneha at Chennai based NGO working for the same cause.Taking their ideas and guidance Ms Anju Sheth started saath in Navrangpura, Ahmedabad. contact no-26305544.
On 10 th September suicide prevention day all the volunteers of Saath go around city especially in crowded places like kanakaria lake, Malls, Fun Republic, Star Bazar etc. and tell people what Saath is all about?
They also perform a street play on the theme “with understanding – A new hope is also the part of the day long activity”.
During short conversion they win the trust of the caller. There is a bond established between the caller and the volunteer.
After talking to the volunteer, the caller gets open up and feels relief.
The caller is free to go home and the centre does not follow the case.
However if the caller wants to come again, he can. They take promises from each and every caller that, If at all in future they come across a thought of committing suicide they would first give a call to share their problem with a hope of solution for their problem.
Suicide is rarely a spur of the moment decision. In the days and hours before people kill themselves, they usually give clues and warning signs.
The strongest and most disturbing signs are verbal - "I can't go on," "Nothing matters any more" or even "I'm thinking of ending it all." Such remarks should always be taken seriously.
Today in this competitive world, each and every person has to work hard rigorously. By so much of stress any one can fall in to depression. And the depression is the first step and the main reason for the suicide thoughts. We learned from this that what ever the situation may be, we should not get afraid or depressed. We should handle the situation by staying cool and calm.
In the busy world, we should not forget to talk with our family members, friends, co-workers. A small talk does a lot to be happy. We should share our problems and sadness with them. This will give a lot of relief.