Pre­vent­ing sui­cide a na­tional con­cern

Bhutan Times - - FRONT PAGE - Biku Gu­rung

Now with the sign­ing of the mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing be­tween the Na­tional Board of Cer­ti­fied Coun­cilors (NBCC) based in US and RE­NEW, Bhutan will have cer­ti­fied coun­selors to in­ter­vene in pre­vent­ing sui­cides.

Her Majesty Gya­lyum San­gay Cho­den Wang- chuck , the royal pa­tron for RE­NEW graced the open­ing ses­sion of the con­fer­ence where sign­ing of mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing took place last Fri­day at the 3rd Bi­en­nial Con­fer­ence in Thim­phu.

Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay in his key note ad­dress thanked RE­NEW for or­ga­niz­ing this con­fer­ence soon af­ter the na­tion ob­served ‘Na­tional Sui­cide Preven­tion Week’.

The Prime Min­is­ter con­veyed his grat­i­tude to Her Majesty Gya­lyum San­gay Cho­den Wangchuck, un­der whose royal pa­tron­age, the Bhutan Board for Cer­ti­fied Coun­selors (BBCC) with NBCC has al­ready started rec­og­niz­ing and cer­ti­fy­ing coun­selors to­wards build­ing a pro­fes­sional coun­sel­ing stan­dard in Bhutan.

The Prime Min­is­ter said that sui­cide death ranks among the top six lead­ing causes of deaths in Bhutan. Ev­ery month around 7 peo­ple in our coun­try die by sui­cide. He said that many more are treated in the BHUs

and hos­pi­tal for sui­cide at­tempts and de­lib­er­ate self-harm, and there must be many oth­ers not even seek­ing care and treat­ment. What is even more dis­turb­ing is that sui­cide oc­curs among our most pro­duc­tive peo­ple; peo­ple aged be­tween 15-45 years.

“Sui­cide is a tragic loss of life and a cause of ex­treme suf­fer­ing both for peo­ple liv­ing with the loss and to so­ci­ety as a whole. But we must not for­get the fact that to a large ex­tent, sui­cide is pre­ventable with ap­pro­pri­ate in­ter­ven­tions pro­vided at the right time. For a na­tion com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing hap­pi­ness and up­hold­ing the val­ues and ideals of Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness, there is a great sense of ur­gency to over­come this painful trend in our so­ci­ety “, he added.

The Prime Min­is­ter re­it­er­ated that the gov­ern­ment is deeply com­mit­ted to ad­dress­ing sui­cide preven­tion as an ur­gent pri­or­ity. There­fore, he has re­quested the stake­hold­ers to study and to de­velop our na­tion’s first com­pre­hen­sive Sui­cide Preven­tion Ac­tion Plan. This ac­tion plan has been ap­proved and en­dorsed by the gov­ern­ment and has been sub­mit­ted for im­ple­men­ta­tion. The goal is to have zero deaths by sui­cide; no fam­ily, vil­lage, or com­mu­nity would want any­one dy­ing of sui­cide.

Fi­nally the Prime Min­is­ter called upon all agen­cies, in­di­vid­u­als and those af­fected for a col­lec­tive ac­tion to save pre­cious lives by pre­vent­ing fur­ther sui­ci­dal deaths. Ev­ery sui­cide death is a huge loss to our so­ci­ety.

To high­light the se­ri­ous­ness of sui­cide in Bhutan and all over, the con­fer­ence themed ‘Pre­vent­ing Sui­cide: Reach­ing out and Sav­ing Lives’ is or­ga­nized by RE­NEW in col­lab­o­ra­tion with NBCC.

Her Majesty Queen Mother San­gay Cho­den Wangchuck, Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay and Ly­onpo Tandin Wangchuk with the par­tic­i­pants of the Con­fer­ence on Pre­vent­ing Sui­cide

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