On the 22nd annual day of Pakistan Institute of Living and learning on 14th October 2019 the honourable CEO Prof Nasim Chaudhry announced Centre for suicide prevention across the country in PILL offices. Pill has centres across all the major cities of the country i.e. Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Quetta, Hyderabad, Nawabshah and Multan.
During the All Parliamentary Mental Health Summit the President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi Insisted on a suicide hot line were help can be provided to those in need or in crisis.
According to Dawn newspaper report “Pakistan Silent Suicide Problem” published online in 2019, 9% of their survey respondent tried to kill themselves. As we all are aware that suicide is a forbidden in Islam and is a criminal offense according to the Pakistani rules. That is why the actual rates are high but hidden somewhere “FAMILIES COVER WHAT HAPPENED TO THEIR LOVEDONES AND TABOO PREVENTS ALL DISCUSSION.
Pakistan Institute of Living and learning in collaboration with university of Manchester organised suicide prevention roundtable on 11th September 2019 in the Royals college of Psychiatrists London. Member of National Assembly and Convener SDGS Mr Riaz Fatyana on the invitation of the CEO Prof Nasim joined the roundtable, on his way back to the country he presented a decriminalization bill in the national assembly of Pakistan. The Bill is still in process and we hope it will be approved from the parliament in the near future.
De-Criminalization Bill Present by Mr Riaz Fatyana