Developing countries have more than two-thirds share of suicide in the world with dismal numbers of trained professionals. WHO data shows that more than 90% suicide occurs in the mentally ill individuals. Lack of effective manpower continues to be one of the three main barriers for prevention of suicide world over, particularly in developing countries, followed only by stigma and non-availability of care. Therefore training and education, especially for people, like teachers and health workers, who are in direct contact with vulnerable groups, can help increase identification of individuals with related problems, offer support, and make a referral. Though the strategies for suicide prevention are culturally and geographically driven, the concept and philosophy of prevention remains the same everywhere. Skill development of people working in the field is the key to the success of preventive programs. There are many places in this world lacking both manpower and facilities to do this. Making mental health resources available is an investment in managing suicide in this symposium our faculties will share their thoughts experiences, and findings of their studies regarding identification, intervention and prevention of suicide. There is a need to recognize the fact that newer initiative and fresh ideas can be revolutionary in dealing with public health. Problems including suicide.
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