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Experts highlight causes of rising suicides in Chitral

BOONI, Oct 24: Health practitioners and religious scholars highlighted the factors that were leading to a large number of suicide cases in Chitral, especially among young women. mentalThey also stressed the need to create awareness among the citizens to play their collective role in checking the dangerous trend. They were speaking at a function held in connection with the World Mental Health Day. The event was organized by the Central Asia Health System Strengthening (CAHSS) project of the Aga Khan Health Service Chitral in Booni. A large number of people from different walks of life attended the programme. Mirajuddin, the M&E manager of the CAHSS project, on the occasion presented the welcome note and Sajjad Zarin, social organizer, spoke about the objectives of the project and the importance of the mental health day. Dr Nisar Hussain of the AKHS briefed the participants on depression and stress management while Mrs Nafeesa Bibi, a psychologist working with the AKHS, delivered lecture on suicide/causes and factors. Religious scholar Shamsur Rehman and Sarfaraz Ali also spoke on suicide in Islamic point of view.mental2  ]]>

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