Every five minutes, someone somewhere in India attempts suicide, making suicide, the third major cause of death.

Statistics show that annually more than 1,00,000 people commit suicide in India. In the year 2009, 14,424 people in the state of Tamil Nadu committted suicide, of which Chennai accounts for 1412. SNEHA has been working in the field of suicide intervention for the past 25 years. Since its inception in 1986, over 1,50,000 people have utilised our services.


SUICIDE STATISTICS

Year
CHENNAI
TAMIL NADU
INDIA
Rate
Male
Female
Total
Male
Female
Total
Male
Female
Total
1992
80149
9.24
1993
84244
9.53
1994
89195
9.91
1995
89178
9.74
1996
9003
88241
9.47
1997
9197
95829
10.03
1998
104713
10.79
1999
1142
6644
4804
11448
110587
11.21
2000
685
399
1084
6769
4207
10976
66032
42561
108593
10.84
2001
646
444
1090
7149
4190
11339
66314
42192
108506
10.57
2002
851
510
1361
6983
4261
11244
69332
41085
110417
10.51
2003
749
489
1238
7154
4718
11872
70221
40630
110851
10.4
2004
663
533
1196
7946
4893
12839
72651
41046
113697
2005
1333
942
2275
7507
4569
12076
72916
40998
113914
2006
1501
926
2427
12381
75702
42410
118112
11.3
2007
1534
779
2313
8687
5124
13811
79295
43342
122637
10.8
2008
818
491
1309
9043
5382
14425
80544
44473
125017
10.8
2009
909
503
1412
8950
5474
14424
81471
45680
127151
10.9



FAILURE IN EXAMS

Year
CHENNAI
TAMIL NADU
INDIA
Male
Female
Total
Male
Female
Total
Male
Female
Total
2000
8 12 20 108 98 206 1271 1049 2320
2001
6 9 15 100 88 188 1178 884 2062
2002
19 26 45 126 116 242 1268 982 2250
2003
10 3 13 111 86 197 1181 1074 2255
2007
32 23 55 115 134 249 1086 890 1976
2008
26 18 44 124 140 264 1231 958 2189
2009
22 12 34 116 107 223 1107 903 2010

The centre is entirely manned by volunteers and runs solely with the help of public donations. A careful screening process is undertaken periodically, to select volunteers from all walks of life. These volunteers are then trained and equipped with the necessary skills needed to handle the befriending needs of the caller.

SNEHA is open 24 hours a day for telephone calls and from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. for visits every day, through the year.

There are around 50 volunteers working for SNEHA currently. The information shared by the callers is held in strict confidence and the identity of each caller is carefully protected within the four walls of SNEHA.

 
   
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