International Day for suicide prevention 10th September


The current available statistics globally is every 4 seconds one person dies of suicide and the irony again is all these are preventable suicides. Then where do we begin to interfere as Rotarians: create awareness, join hands with the group who works for the prevention or intervention programs or issue statements for public leaders to recognise and act or do we directly interact with the concerned agencies; as to how do we participate either to reduce the incidence or control such cases of loss of human lives that too when that happens during the prime and productive period of an individual. This is where the RCS team made a small and humble beginning by joining hands with San-Ker, a pioneering institution in mental health care, established by a man who relentlessly struggle to bring the mental health scenario of the state to the forefront. Dry Sandi Syiem, being a cancer survivor, perhaps, the only candidate as yet from Meghalaya, who had his undergraduate and post graduate education from the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and took this step by resigning from the state service to be fully engaged in the center.,

Keeping in mind with the theme of the 2017 World Suicide Prevention Day: “Take a minute change a life”, San-Ker, on Saturday organised a ‘bicycle rally’ and a ‘workshop’ to called upon the people on the need to look upon ‘suicide attempt’ as a cry for help and not look it as a criminal act. Rotary Club of Shillong was honored to assist and play a small role in this kind effort.

A total number of 82 people participated in the ‘bicycle rally’ which was flagged off by East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner, Peter S Dkhar from Khyndailad, Police Bazaar. The ‘bicycle rally’ culminates at Sanker Centre at Mawlai Mawroh.

Even though the “World Suicide Prevention Day” is celebrated on September 10 across the globe, the Sanker Charitable Trust had to celebrate this day a day ahead since this day falls on a Sunday.

Informing that the World Association For Suicide Prevention organised a ‘bicycle rally’ across the globe to celebrate this day, Sanker Centre director, Dr Sandi Syiem said that they have organised this ‘bicycle rally’ to send a message to those people who are suffering and who want to end their suffering by suicide that ‘we are together with them’.