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IIT Bombay is constantly striving to create a comprehensive ecosystem for emotional well-being and mental health of students, faculty and staff. The pandemic has brought into focus the greater need for initiatives which enhance emotional wellbeing. Hence,an initiative on Suicide Literacy and prevention has been steered by the dean SA office and the class of 1992 under Project Bandhu.

The objective of the initiative is to equip the social network to recognize and respond to teachable suicide warning signs, the symptoms of an emerging life-threatening crisis and that lives can be saved through a simple, timely intervention.

IIT Bombay has tied up with QPR Institute (USA) and Suicide Prevention India Foundation (SPIF) to train a three member training team. The training team consists of Ms. Shivani Manchanda , Ms. Sulagna Guhathakurta and Ms. Nivedita Pawar.

All 3 of them have completed a 12 hour QPR Gatekeeper Instructor Training conducted online by the QPR Institute for Suicide Prevention. The course has trained them to help empower the IIT Bombay community to effectively intervene on behalf of suicidal and in-crisis people.

IIT Bombay with the help of the said training team envisions to conduct the suicide literacy and prevention training of 1 hour in multiple cohorts namely

Cohort 1
Counselling Team
Cohort 2
Health Care Providers
Cohort 3
Hostel Staff
Cohort 4
Cohort 5
Cohort 6
Admin Staff
Cohort 7
Cohort 8
Student Mentor
Cohort 9

According to the QPR institute guidelines each training session can be conducted with a maximum of 30 participants.

Suicide literacy and prevention training would help one to gain knowledge on the following:

  • How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide
  • The common causes of suicidal behavior
  • The warning signs of suicide
  • How to (QPR) Question, Persuade, and Refer someone
  • How to get help for someone in crisis
  • How to practise self care

Every participant will be awarded with a certificate from the QPR institute, USA.

When you apply QPR, you plant the seeds of hope. Hope helps prevent suicide!

The trainings on suicide prevention is about our shared mission to help each other and the suicidal people we may meet on our journey through life. Some may be friends, some coworkers, and some may be the people we serve.