IIM Rohtak Takes Initiatives against Depression

Published: | December 28, 2017
IIM Rohtak Takes Initiatives against Depression
  • ‘’Say No to Suicide, Just Laugh’’ is the initiative taken by the premier institute to combat the problem of student suicide and depression.
  • Various activities were conducted as a part of this initiative including a comedy show, guest lectures and others. 

Recently, Indian Institute of Management, Rohtak has taken an initiative to regulate and address the problem of depression among the students. ‘’Say No to Suicide, Just Laugh’’ is the initiative taken by the premier institute to combat the problem of student suicide and depression. As a part of this unique initiative, a student of IIM Rohtak, Gurdatar Ryait, who is also, an upcoming stand-up comedian, played a crucial role in spreading awareness among the students through his comedy show. He also shared the stage with Kenny Sebastian, a popular filmmaker, musician and stand-up comedian.

Apart from a stand-up comedy show, IIM Rohtak organised a talk session on the theme. Founder of Talk Happy Therapy and a social entrepreneur, Miss Simran Luthra enlightened students with her motivational talk.

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Stating the reasons for suicides and stress, Miss Simran pointed there is a midpoint between normal state of a person and state of suicide. This midpoint, i.e., ‘Anxiety’ gives many kinds of thoughts to a person, which can be broadly classified into two types – Positive Thoughts and Negative Thoughts. In most cases, the mind of a person keeps on calling on negative thoughts that lead to stress. On the other hand, the contemporary society does not consider mental health seriously. Not getting treatment for the mental disorders and lack of adequate counselling are the major reasons for the increasing number of suicides, she explained.

Director of IIM Rohtak, Professor Dheeraj Sharma indicated that student suicides are becoming most prevalent in educational institutions. Stress is considered as one of the major reasons for the suicidal tendencies among the students. IIM Rohtak is taking extensive steps to combat this malice. For this purpose, the institute has tied up with a medical college in Rohtak to provide adequate counselling to students, he revealed.

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Professor Dheeraj Sharma urged the students to take an active part in co-curricular activities apart from concentrating on academics. A healthy diet and physical exercise are also mandatory to fight the stress, he highlighted.

According to National Crime Records Bureau, every one-hour one student commits suicide in India. The current students’ suicide rate is alarming, and it is time for the educational institutes & society to take measures for reducing stress among the students.

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