SYED KARAM HUSSAIN SHAH ( Chief )Asia is the largest continent in the world and contributes substantially to the global burden of suicide. Clearly, as Beautrais (2006) states if 60% of global suicide occur in Asia there is an urgent need to reduce suicide rates in Asia if we are to achieve significant reduction in world suicide rate. Yet the problem is not receiving the attention it deserves. Mental health has low priority in most Asian countries and within that, suicide prevention even less so. With limited resources, poor established primary and mental health services, and weak political processes, suicide prevention poses a formidable challenge in Asian countries. Hence there is a need for public health approaches to address the problem of suicide in Asia. This will be possible when governments, public and mental health professionals, non-governmental organizations in collaboration with international organizations such as the WHO and International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) work more closely together. Only then can the seemingly impossible task of reducing suicide rates in Asia be accomplished.
Zaheer Abbas ( President )
Suicide is not chosen; it happens when pain exceeds resources for coping with pain.Social stigma and prejudice are our enemies. Every human being is taught from childhood that suicidal people are shameful, sinful, selfish and manipulative. No scientific study has ever confirmed that significant proportion of suicidal people have these qualities. But children believe what they are taught. Each person we seek help from has been conditioned to respond with fear, contempt and aversion. Worse yet, when we became suicidal, we applied these ideas to ourselves. Much of the content of depressive rumination — “I’m no good, I’m stupid, I’m a failure, I’m weak, I don’t have enough will power,” — is simply the reflexive response of internalized stigma. Stigma causes us to inflict pain upon ourselves and deters us from seeking help. It causes those around us to shun us, to be afraid to talk to us, to abuse us.
Dr.Muhammad Yasin Malik ( Joint Secretary )