With deep concern over the increasing number of suicide cases in our country and with the commitment to addressing suicide prevention as a top social priority, Royal Government has approved the nation’s first comprehensive National Suicide Prevention – A Three Year Action Plan (July 2015 – June 2018) in the 74th Lhengye Zhungtshog held on May 12, 2015
Hon’ble Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay officially launched the Three Year Action Plan that has six objectives and 56 actions on December 21, 2015 during the first National Suicide Prevention Steering Committee (NSPSC) meeting held at the Ministry of Health.
A three year action plan for suicide prevention offers us an opportunity to exercise our roles in suicide prevention and in creating a harmonious society. The plan is comprehensive addressing universal prevention targeting general population through mass media and social mobilization, to providing specific services for individuals at high risk of suicide and those affected by suicide. The plan also offers the most practical ways of addressing suicide prevention in a short time frame and has the potential to save many lives.
The Suicide Prevention Programme in Bhutan will be broad and coordinated system working with a wide range of partners, organizations and sectors including people who have been affected by the suicide. Suicide prevention will address wide range of factors related to suicidal behavior, including social support, mental illness, substance abuse, economic factors, and community and personal risk and resiliency. This will be comprehensive targeting population, building supportive community systems and focusing on individual level risks for suicide.
Suicide prevention will employ combination of public health and individual clinical approach focusing on risk identification and provision of individually tailored services.