As India celebrates 67 years of independence, is it a disheartening fact that suicides and suicide attempts in the country are growing at an alarming rate. Thus, the need to create awareness for the prevention of suicides was felt and this gave rise to ‘The Mitr-Connecting Partnership for the Prevention of Suicides’.
As part of this initiative, on the 15th of August, 2014, the non-profit organization ‘Mitr- A Friend Indeed’ proudly presented “Reach Out and Speak Up! You are not alone!”
Expression through drama being one of Mitr’s objectives, a number of teenagers who are a part of Mitr’s ‘Agent of Change’ programme participated in the skit that aptly depicted the pressure faced by a large number of people, especially teenagers, causing them to contemplate suicide. Through their powerful performance, these youngsters reached out to the masses and made people pause and think.
If you need a listening ear or know someone who is in need of help, call the Connecting…NGO helpline numbers between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on any given day ‘1800-209-4353 (toll free) or 9922001122’.
Life is precious! Don’t bottle up your feelings, don’t suffer in silence! Reach out and speak up before it’s too late!
The ‘Agents of Change’ who participated in this skit included –
Aaliya Panju – The troubled teenager
Rian Khorana – The caring father
Saakshi Patil – The loving mother
Jayani Thadaney – A true friend
Reva Shree Baniya – A true friend
Hussain Harianawala represented relationship issues
Nihal Sachdev represented money matters
Verun Chavan and Rhea Rebello represented peer pressure and substance abuse
Summer Jacobs represented low self-esteem
Sushobhan Sensharma represented a clogged mind that could only think of ways to end the pain
Saumit Despande assisted with photography
Rachel D’Cruz assisted with direction of the skit