Suicide Prevention Day: 24/7 helpline number launched

Raashi Thakran, a Mumba-based resident launched KIRAN earlier this week in order to prevent suicides.

Suicide Prevention Day: 24/7 helpline number launched

While the Suicide Prevention Day is observed every year on September 10, Raashi Thakran, a Mumbai-based resident launched KIRAN earlier this week.

Back in 2019, Thakran had lost her 18-year-old brother by suicide. Ever since she has felt the need for a 24/7 helpline number in order for suicide prevention. According to a report in Hindustan Times, Raashi had called about 20 suicide prevention helpline number after the death of her brother, however, only three responded. This gave birth to the idea of launching her own helpline which would help the people in need.

Moreover, in a bid to highlight the issue, last year in June, Thakran, who currently works in Bengaluru, started a petition on addressing the Union health ministry which gathered almost two lakh signs within two months. She further met some government officials who showed an interest in launching a centralised helpline or revamp an already established one which eventually led to the launch of KIRAN.

Suicide happens to be a major public health problem and a leading cause of death in the world. The effects of suicide go beyond the person who acts to take his or her life. It can also have a lasting effect on family, friends, and communities. If you ever feel like seeking help, call on the helpline number 1800-599-0019.