Kashmir suicide prevention helpline saves lives – DW – 11/24/2022

Mehfooz Ahmad*, 56, was struggling with the social stigma of his daughter eloping with her boyfriend days before she was arranged to be married to another man.

He became despondent and, over time, stopped meeting up with his friends and started having suicidal thoughts.

On a chilly evening in September, Ahmad locked the front door of his house and went up to his bedroom carrying a bottle of toxic zinc phosphide with the intention of ending his life.

However, he instead picked up his smartphone and searched “Zindagi,” which means life in Hindi. 

It’s also the name of a suicide prevention helpline recently established by the Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (IMHANS) in Srinagar, the capital city of Indian-administered Kashmir.

“Hello! Can you help me?” Ahmad…

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