Ncell users can now call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline number “1166” and seek vital consultation from psychiatrists and counselors. To enable its customers to make cost-free calls at the hotline number, Ncell Axiata has started cooperation with the Patan Mental Hospital to help prevent suicide cases in Nepal.
In a program recently organized to mark World Suicide Prevention Day, Ncell handed over a Ncell SIM and a handset solution to Patan Mental Hospital. Afterward, the hotline number 1166 became accessible from the Ncell network.
Jabbor Kayumov, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Ncell expressed his delight at the suicide prevention hotline becoming accessible from the private telco’s numbers. He said, “Mental health plays a big role in all of our lives. We are delighted to collaborate with Patan Mental Hospital for this noble cause to contribute towards making the hotline service more effective.”
All Ncell users can call at the suicde prevention helpline 1166 for free
Collaboration with Ncell is of great importance
The government started the helpline service with the aim of preventing suicides by offering necessary counseling to callers. “Our statistics show that phone calls about suicidal thoughts and other mental health issues are on the rise. In such a situation, this collaboration of Ncell is of great importance and will contribute to saving precious lives,” said Dr. Ananta Prasad Adhikari, Director of Patan Mental Hospital.
The hospital said that anyone suffering from symptoms like feeling stressed or having a desire to self-harm may approach. The hospital provides counseling from trained psychiatrists to get suicidal thoughts out of the callers’ minds.
The government has been running this suicide prevention hotline service at Patan Mental Hospital, Lagankhel, Patan with support from the World Health Organization and Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Nepal. The 4-digit helpline service became fully functional on 5 May 2021.
Suicide cases are rising at an alarmingly high rate in Nepal with almost 7 thousand deciding to end their lives. Mental issues, stigma, an inferiority complex, a sense of failure, etc. are some of the factors pushing people toward suicide. People’s suffering becomes worse when they can’t find people to share what they are feeling. Thankfully, platforms such as the National Suicide Prevention Helpline 1166 are driven to help those having suicidal thoughts.
The suicide prevention hotline 1166 becoming available from the Ncell network will make more people aware of such a facility. Let’s hope it will also help save lives.
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