Date: 21-08-2019
Time: 10.00 AM TO 3.30 PM
Venue: Veerashaiva community hall, Jagaluru.

Background: The Jagaluru community based rehabilitation (CBR) programme is being conducted in Jagaluru taluk of Davangere district since September 2015 with involvement of NIMHANS, The Association of People with disability, Government of Karnataka, Chittasanjeevani Charitable Trust and The Live Love Laugh foundation. Mental health camps are conducted on 1st and 3rd Tuesday on every month. More than 800 people with mental health issues have availed mental health services at 10 Primary health centres and taluk hospital in Jagaluru taluk over last 4 years.

Indian Association for Social Psychiatry (IASP) sponsored community activity involving skit competition by college students on suicide prevention followed by public talk at Jagaluru taluk, Davangere district, Karnataka for the year 2019. The theme of skit competition was chosen as it is theme of world mental health day 2019. As per mandate of the sponsorship, the activity was conducted in August 2019.

Participants: Nearly 250 people including college students, teachers, ASHA workers, persons with mental illness on treatment from Jagaluru taluk, caregivers of persons with mental illness.

The program was organized with support of NIMHANS, Government of Karnataka and The Association of People with Disability (APD), Davangere.

Participants registering for program

As part of preparation, flyers about the event were distributed among colleges, caregivers, persons with mental illness, ASHA workers in the community about the program. Colleges were approached for participation in the program.

Inauguration of program by guests

The skit competition and awareness program was inaugurated by Dr. T. Sivakumar (Associate Professor, NIMHANS), Dr. Krishna Prasad (Associate Professor, NIMHANS), Mr. Venkatesh (Retired Administrative officer NIMHANS & Theatre expert), Mr. Mudde Gowdru Basavarajappa (Vice President of Taluk Panchayat), Mr. S K Manjunath (Member, Zila Panchayath, Sokke), Mr. Shashidhara, Dr. Nagaraj (Taluk health Officer) and Mr. Janardhan (Deputy Director, Inclusive education, HRD and Mental health program, APD), Mr.Ravi BJ( Branch Manager APD) . The program started with prayer followed by introduction of the guests  and  background of the  skit competition by Mr. Janardhan.

Audience for the program

Judges for skit competition were Mr. Venkatesh, Dr. Krishna Prasad and Mr. Ravi BJ (Branch manager, APD, Davangere). 9 college teams participated in the skit competition.  Most common themes of the skits enacted were unemployment, drought , Exam failure, Debt and Ragging.

College students performing skit

Judges and audience

Dr. Krishna Prasad spoke about ‘suicide prevention’. He spoke about magnitude of problem in Indian and local context, risk factors for suicide and various suicide prevention strategies used across the world. Importance of restricting access to means of attempting suicide (like locking pesticides in a common area) was emphasized. The importance of mental health and deaddiction services, role of community members as gatekeepers, suicide and crisis helplines was stressed upon.  He informed that suicide attempts have been decriminalized recently. He concluded that multiple stakeholders were required in suicide prevention strategies.

Dr Krishna Prasad spoke about suicide prevention

This was followed by announcement of prizes for the skit competition. Theatre expert Mr. Venkatesh gave feedback to teams who participated in the skit competition. First prize winners got Rs 12000 cash prize and Rs 10,000 and Rs. 8000 by second and third prize winners. Consolation price Rs 1000 and certificate of participation was given to other teams who participated in the completion. The program concluded with vote of thanks.

Prize winners

First Prize: Sri Manjunatha Swamy first grade College, Davangere

Second Prize: 2nd year MSW students, Davengere University

Third Prize: 2nd year B.Com, Government first grade college, Jagaluru