SAATH

Presented by: Siddharth Shah (111255) Srijani Dutta (111256) Srinjoy Guha Bakshi (111257) Sudeshna Banerjee (111258) Sunil Sancheti (111259) Vineet Sharma (111260) Vishnoo V (111261)

INTRODUCING MSP
(Summary Of The Sessions Conducted By IMNU)

MANAV SADHNA
Speaker: Mrs. ANAR PATEL
 Established in 1990; follows ‘Gandhian principles  Projects: Bal Sanskar ,computer education, Aaroyga Mandir, Medical awareness, Family Planning, Rehabilitation programmes , etc.  Mrs Anar Patel believes every person could contribute in their own way to the society  Raghu , physically handicapped, runs the project “Tyag Ka Tiffin”  We were humbled by Raghu.

SAATH
Speaker: Mr. GAGAN SETHI
 In 1997, he came up with a SMILE programme which
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stands for “Students Mobilization In Learning through Exposure” Believes the civil sector can make a difference to the world 20 institutions were created under him Gave the concept of Institutional Triad Three big roles: service providers, action research and development (producing knowledge) and protest

VIKSAT
Speaker: Ms. SUDESHNA BHOJIA
 Institution of Nehru Foundation for Development


(NFD), founded by Dr. Vikram Sarabhai in 1977 Engaged in promotion of participatory management of natural resources Main trust areas: Natural Resource Management and sustainable livelihoods The speaker talked about the importance of social initiatives in today’s world, and about CSR. Also talked about VIKSAT projects and the problems faced by Vikram Sarabhai

SAARTH
Speaker: Mr. RAJENDRA JOSHI
 MD of SAARTH; briefed us about the different career

opportunities available with an NGO  Talked about the different development activities, which the NGO undertook during its course; the challenges faced  New techniques were brought in to develop these areas one of them being slum networking  He explained how important it to win the trust of people and building a healthy relationship to gain it

GANATAR
Speaker: Mr. SUKHDEV PATEL
 Set out to launch understanding and thought on

what will be tomorrow's education (Ganatar) instead of existing conventional education (Bhanatar)  Its a collective effort since 1992 to concretize new scenario of alternative education system  Working for educating children of migrant workers in Gujarat  They developed a ' Bal Adhikar Samiti' which says every village has a self sustained school with residential facilities

LITERATURE REVIEW
(FACTS AND FIGURES)

INDIAN CONTEXT
 Suicide is an important issue in the Indian context  More than one lakh lives are lost every year due to suicide  In the last two decades, the rate has increased from 7.9 to  


10.3 per lakh There is a variation in the suicide rates within country itself. The states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu ,Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh in south have a suicide rate greater than 15 Northern States of Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir ,Uttar Pradesh, Bihar have less than 3 The majority (37.8%) suicides in India are below the age of 30

INDIAN CONTEXT
 Poisoning (36.6%), hanging (32.1%) and self-immolation (7.9%)   

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are the main methods to commit suicide It is estimated that 1 in every 60 persons are affected by suicide in our country. It includes those who have attempted suicide and also those who have been affected by suicide According to the official data, 43% of suicides are due to illness and 44% due to family problems Divorce, dowry, love affairs, cancellation or the inability to get married (according to the system of arranged marriages in India), illegitimate pregnancy, extra-marital affairs and such conflicts relating to the issue of marriage, play a crucial role, particularly in the suicide of women in India Suicide pacts and family suicides Domestic violence

Men VS Women
 When circumstances threaten a person's identity, denying


an essential aspect of what a person believes to be his or her true self, suicide provides the ultimate release from a potentially painful conflict Men engage in tasks in a competitive manner (Achievement oriented)whereas women attach more importance to the relatively less performance-dependent goals of persistence and patience Women assign a higher ranking to non competitive and interpersonal goals(Family oriented) Men will be more vulnerable to identity threats and will have a higher suicide risk than women Men vulnerable in late 20s and early 30s whereas women vulnerable in middle age

MYTHS
 A person attempting or completing suicide says "My

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time is over, God is calling me“ Only others commit suicide, it wont happen to me If a person has attempted suicide once, he will not repeat the same A person who talks about suicide does not commit it, but only threatens in order to draw attention Asking about suicidal thoughts to some persons may precipitate the act Only poor people who cannot afford basic requirements of life commit suicide.

MEDIA
 Word ‘suicide’ should be replaced with


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untimely death or unnatural death Avoid vivid description of the act Place or method should not be explained Do not report on first or third pages but in obituary columns Celebrity suicides shouldn’t be explained in detail or photographs shown

Individuals at high risks
 Farmers  Students during exam results  Small businessmen  Newly-wed brides in arranged marriage  People with mental illness  Celebrities  Recent trend shows people working in IT

companies in Bengaluru etc

Concept Initiated By Befrienders
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 Befriender International organisation was founded by Mr.

Chad Varah in 1953 in Switzerland. Befrienders India is a registered society, founded in 1992. Which offers emotional support to anyone in emotional distress through its centers in India. The centers are run entirely by volunteers and the services are totally free. Befrienders India has 9 centres in India and has 50,000 contacts with people in emotional distress each year. It has 500 trained volunteers and runs a unique service every day of the year. Befrienders India is also part of Befrienders Worldwide which has more than 1,200 member centres in 61 countries staffed by almost 100,000 volunteers.

Befriender’s India Centre

Saath, Ahmedabad
 Lifeline, Kolkatta  Sahara - Mumbai  Aasra, Navi Mumbai  P.V. Sankaranarayanan Sneha, Chennai  Sneha - Chennai  Maitreyi, Pondicherry  Roshni, Secunderabad  Maithri - Kochi

About the Saath
 Saath is the only suicide prevention centre of Gujarat. Saath was founded on 27th 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.

About the Saath
 The organisation is financially supported by husband of Ms. Anju Seth.  The companies like Jyoti, Torrent and local city buses AMTS are helping for advertisement expenses.  The basic aim of the organization is to offer

emotional support to distressed people, there by thwarting attempts to kill one self.  Saath provides support in times of emotional crisis and the services provided by it are “FREE OF CHARGE”

The Volunteers
 There are 3days training from the senior volunteers and


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Ms Anju Seth herself. Volunteers are from different backgrounds like bank officers, retired professors and teachers, house wives. Today there are around 34 volunteers working for saath. No remuneration is paid for working for such a great social and human cause. Each volunteer has to work once in a week for only 3 hours. The first and foremost duty of the volunteers is to “LISTEN” to the depressed callers, basically working on the listening therapy. They are not expected to go beyond the rules and regulation given in the charter.

Activities by Saath
 On 10th September suicide prevention day all

the volunteers of Saath go around city especially in crowded places like Kankaria 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”.

How Saath Works?
 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.

 A form pertaining the details about the

problem faced by the caller is filed by the volunteer .  The copy of it is attached with the report. How ever only one volunteer attend a caller but all the volunteers are familiar with the each and every caller.  So they talk to other volunteers also about the story which they listen from caller.

The warning signs of suicide
 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.

Other common warning signs include:
 Becoming depressed or withdrawn  Behaving recklessly  Giving away valued possessions  Showing a marked change in behaviour,

attitudes or appearance  Abusing drugs or alcohol  Suffering a major loss or life change

Media Campaign
 Spreading the awareness of Saath by

distributing the literature  Spreading the awareness online  Street play

Thank You

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