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Fortis launches helpline to aid Blue Whale Challenge victims

A 24/7 helpline number to help the victims of suicide game Blue Whale Challenge has been launched by the Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare.

The helpline number 8376804102 is open to anyone who requires counselling or advice to end the agonising experiences inflicted by the game administrators, the final outcome of which is the participants, mainly youngsters and teenagers, committing suicide.

“We have now begun a 24/7 helpline to reach out to individuals who may need psychological support. We have been receiving calls both from teenagers as well as concerned parents. This helpline is geared towards intervening in times of crises as well as imparting psycho-education to help individuals and families cope with the situation,” said Dr Samir Parikh, Director, Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare.

Fortis Hospital Mohali has also taken an initiative to launch a series of workshops across schools in the region to raise awareness about Blue Whale Challenge.

The counselling offered via the Fortis Helpline (8376804102) is directed at both crisis intervention and psycho-education, imparting skills to young people to be able to deal with the situation effectively.

Through this helpline, the endeavour is to make help available and accessible to vulnerable individuals as well as concerned friends and family members. This helpline is run by psychologists and psychiatrists from the Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare, under the guidance of Dr Samir Parikh.

In the suicide game, a certain curator gives a participant a task to complete daily — for a period of 50 days — the final of which is the participant committing suicide.

 

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