Suicide bid survivor pens a book on life

Suicide bid survivor pens a book on life

A woman, who survived a suicide attempt, has come out with a book with the objective of preventing people from ending their lives.

The 80-page book, titled “Amayra - The essence of life,” penned by Swati Kumar, portrays the life of a girl by name Amayra, who decides to end her life. The book will be released on Saturday on the occasion of World Suicide Prevention Day.

Kumar pursued her higher education and worked in Bengaluru for a few years before settling in Bihar. 

“My mother committed suicide in 2013 and that was the  turning point in my life. I survived a suicide bid myself. I wanted to do something for society and bring in awareness about suicide prevention. 

I started working on the book last November,” Kumar said.SAHAI, a non-governmental organisation which runs a 24-hour suicide prevention helpline in Bengaluru and the International Association of Suicide Prevention (ISAP) have collaborated with Kumar in bringing out the book. 

The book would be launched at Medico-Pastoral Association, Pottery Road, Frazer Town, at 4 pm. 

Meanwhile, an array of activities are planned across the city to mark the Suicide Prevention Day. 

Pearson Academy India will launch a suicide prevention training programme for professionals, individuals and families. Professionals from Montfront College will be speaking on symptoms, suicide prevention and other related topics at Green Theory, Residency Road,  on September 11 at 3 pm. 

According to the information available on the World Health Organisation (WHO) website, eight lakh people end their lives every year of which 17% are in India. A suicide is reported in the world every 40 seconds.

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