Questions that the Second Monograph Raises
1. What concrete steps could be taken to
reduce social isolation, prevent social disintegration and treat mental disorders?
2. Is setting up Centres to treat Depression
a workable proposition? Are there specialized Centres like this working any where and what has been the experience like?
3 What are the important Indian studies in
the field of suicide treatment and prevention?
4. Are there biological markers of suicide?
5. How much does disintegration of social
institutions like the family contribute to suicide increase ?
6. What is the evidence to support the work
of Befrienders International, Samaritans, Suicide help-lines etc. in the field of suicide prevention?
7. What could other NGOs do in the area of
8. What could the enlightened citizen do
to save a person from suicide?
9. What are the distress signals that should
arouse the suspicion that a suicidal attempt is likely?
10. Is suicide prevention as public health
policy a viable community health programme initiative?
11. Does the moral philosopher’s arguments
about rational or irrational suicide hold any ground?
12. How do we account for deaths like Jnaneshwar’s,
13. Do other animals commit suicide, or is
it a phenomenon peculiar only to humans?
14. Has psychiatric treatment really helped
reduce suicide rates, or has it remained constant inspite of their best efforts?
15. It is desirable that some individuals,
who have no escape route whatsoever, be allowed to end their lives?
16. Is there a case for Physician-assisted
suicide, or euthanasia?
17. How can the mass media do responsible
18. Is there any other way of looking at
this problem? One which presents a diametrically opposite position or a refreshingly different perspective to this whole issue?