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Certificate course on Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training ECHO

July 2020 to November 2020

Funded by NHM Chhattisgarh

Background (Funded by Chhattisgarh Health Dept)

Suicide Prevention is one of the primary goals in WHO Mental Health Gap Action Program which began in 2008. Policy and Programs such as National Suicide prevention strategy by WHO in 2018 and Decriminalization of Suicide under 115 section of Mental Health Care Act 2017 in India shows that the need to act and prevent suicide is very high. Suicide is listed as the top three causes of death among the younger generation. 

Around 804,000 people die due to suicide every year in the world, every 40 seconds suicide death occurs and every 3 seconds suicide attempts are made by youth within the age range of 15-29 years in both genders. (WHO, 2018). Worldwide research shows females have high suicide attempts and males have high suicide completion. National Mental Health Survey (2016) of India shows that suicide rate of 10.6% per lakh population in the country as per criminal record of 2014, with 0.9% of population show high suicidal risk among the age group of 40 to 49 years especially in females of urban population. 

Suicide death in India is around 230314, contributing to global death with 36.6% in females and 24.3% in males. The rate of suicide as increased from 6.3% in 1978 to 11.4% in 2010, which suggests that suicide ideation, attempts and completion are major public health problems in the country. 

Therefore, this course is designed for counselors who are working in the community. It is designed to help them identify early signs and deliver timely crisis intervention.


At the end of the courses, learners will be able to:

  1. To Identify the signs and symptoms of suicide.
  2. Analyse the risk and protective factors of suicide.
  3. To apply a detailed assessment. 
  4. Design and implement psychotherapeutic intervention.
  5. To develop strategies to work with patients and the community.
  6. Document the suicide assessment and patient care


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Learning Leaders and Impact
July - November 2020

Counsellors: Chhattisgarh
Total Lives touched