Jan 14|2010

Aamir Khan To Stem Student Suicides, In the backdrop of the surge of suicides in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Bombay Psychiatry Society (BPS) have initiated a workshop to identify signs of depression in children . The workshop called ‘Life is Beautiful’, is meant for teachers at all BMC schools where 4.5 lakh children are studying at the moment. Private school teachers are also welcome to join. And to make the workshop and its message more effective, BMC has roped in Aamir Khan as their brand ambassador. Dr Sanjay Oak, dean, KEM hospital said, “Students like Aamir’s personality. He makes films with a strong social messages.” On the anvil is an extensive multimedia campaign featuring the star, “appealing the young to appreciate the beauty of life”.

Aamir confirmed the developments.
“Yes, I have been approached by the BMC and will be a part of their campaign ‘Life is Beautiful’.” Psychiatrist Dr Harish Shetty said, “Statements like ‘I want to run away’ or ‘I have lost interest in work’ indicate suicidal tendencies.” Every Friday the workshop will educate teachers on identifying suicidal tendencies and immediate counselling for such children. Dr Oak, said, “BMC has decided to flash the helpline 25706000, on TV and newspapers for the benefit of distressed students.”