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Suicide Statistics

   1. Kerala Suicide Statistics

       2. India Suicide Statistics

       3. Global Suicide Statistics

Articles on Kerala Suicide Scenario

  1. Analysis of Kerala Suicide Statistics, article by P.O. George, Social Scientist. (Download Article in PDF format)

  2. Suicide among Women in Kerala, article by P.O. George, Social Scientist (Download Article in PDF format)

  3. Postmortem of the Living, article by Dr. C J John, Psychiatrist and Founder Director of Maithri describes the harrowing experiences of a mother who lost her daughter to suicide.(Download Article in PDF format)

  4. Comfort to Suicide Stricken Families: Can the Media Help? article by Dr. C J John. The article addresses the effects of media coverage on suicides and summarises experts' recommendations on how to achieve "responsible reporting" of suicides. (Download Article in PDF format)

  5. Family Murder Suicides in Kerala article by Dr. CJ John. (Download Article in PDF format)

  6. Lest he should kill himself, article by P.O. George, Social Scientist. He has written a book with the same title which contain articles on the suicides in Kerala.

  7. Strengthen the family and prevent suicide, article by P.O. George, Social Scientist from his book "Lest he should kill himself" (Download Article in PDF format).

  8. Suicide Prevention in Kerala: The need to focus on middle-aged and aged men  article by P. Jayakumar  & P.O. George, Maithri, Kochi (Download Article in PDF format).

  9. The Manual for Primary Health Care Personnel  Handbook developed by Dr. Lakshmi Vijayakumar (Download Article in PDF format)

Questionnaire on Befriending - in Malayalam  

"Befriending Approaches for You" is a questionnaire developed by Maithri for training general public in suicide prevention.  The questionnaire describes four real life situations where one comes across of persons undergoing emotional distress. Each situation provides for three responses and you have to pick that response which can result in providing emotional support to the person in distress.

Volunteer Write-ups

  1. "Service with a Difference" article by Nandu describes how he came across one of Maithri's volunteers and experienced supportive friendliness. (Download the article in PDF format).
  2. "Why I am a Volunteer with Maithri?", by Rajesh who describes his motivations to join Maithri and the satisfaction he draws from being a volunteer. (Download the article in PDF format)

    Useful websites

    Kerala State Crime Records Bureau                                 http://www.keralapolice.org/

    National Crime Records Bureau                                       http://ncrb.nic.in/

    Befrienders India                                                             http://www.befriendersindia.org

    Befrienders Worldwide                                                     http://www.befrienders.org/

    Samaritans                                                                     http://www.samaritans.org

    The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) www.med.uio.no/iasp/index


Maithri acknowledges and expresses gratitude towards National Crime Records Bureau, India , State Crimes Records Bureau, Kerala, India, Befrienders India, Befrienders Worldwide and Samaritans for referring their website for latest information. Maithri expresses gratitude towards all contributors, especially Dr. C. J. John for his articles, Sri. P. O. George for his articles and for permitting to quote his book "Lest he should kill himself" and Dr. Lakshmi Vijayakumar for permitting to quote "Suicide Prevention - The Manual for Primary Health Care Personnel".


While all efforts have been made to make this website as authentic as possible, Maithri Kochi will not be responsible for any loss or damage to any person or caused by any shortcoming, defect or inaccuracy in the information available on website. Any discrepancy found may be brought to the notice of Maithri Kochi. Maithri Kochi is not responsible for the contents of external links. Maithri Kochi suggests to refer the respective sources for latest and accurate information.

The website is intended to provide general information only. Users should seek appropriate professional advice before taking or refraining from taking any action in reliance on any information contained in this website. Maithri Kochi does not accept any liability to any person relating to the use of any such information. Although we have taken great care in the preparation of this website and update the contents of this website, Maithri Kochi assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions and assumes no liability for the consequences of your using the information on this website.

Whilst Maithri Kochi has taken every precaution in compiling this site neither it nor any contributors to the site can be held responsible for any action (or the lack thereof) taken by any person or organisation wherever they shall be based, as a result, direct or otherwise, on information contained in or accessed through this internet site.

        Privacy Statement

Maithri Kochi insists that those who are intending to use its befriending service need not reveal their
personal data, such as name, address, phone number etc: so that they can remain anonymous. Maithri
Kochi does not demand any such information for providing its befriending service effectively. The befriending service offered inside the Maithri Kochi centre is totally free and any contributions or gratitude in kind will not be accepted. Whatever communications made by a person during the befriending service to the volunteer in the centre will be kept confidential. Persons who are seeking its befriending service, are offered simple emotional support with unconditional, uncritical acceptance and respect. They remain free to make their own decisions, reject help or break contact.
Befriending is not counselling, neither is it a substitute for medical treatment or specialised help.

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