Special Correspondent

KOZHIKODE: The need for effective rehabilitation of suicide survivors was emphasised at a continuing medical education programme organised by the Psychiatry Department of Kozhikode Medical College on Sunday. Such facilities already existed in some foreign countries, Dr. C.J. John, psychiatrist from Kochi, said in the course of his presentation.

The importance of providing rehabilitation facilities for survivors had become imperative since their number was steadily rising.

Dr. John also stressed the need for the media to show restraint while reporting suicides. Giving details of the manner in which suicide was committed was also believed to induce suicidal tendency in others. Care had to be taken while reporting death of celebrities since these triggered suicidal tendencies.

At a counselling centre in Kochi, three calls were received from persons in need of help to overcome the urge to commit suicide after the hanging of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussain , he said.

Speakers at the programme also agreed that those prone to depression were at a higher risk of committing suicide. Timely medical help would dissuade suicide-prone people from taking the extreme step.