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TikTok’s new campaign aims to curb suicide rate in India

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New Delhi, Sep 9 (IANS) Popular short video-sharing app TikTok has collaborated with Suicide Prevention India Foundation (SPIF) to launch #YourLifeMatters, a campaign aimed at spreading awareness around the importance of mental health and curbing suicide rates in India.

In observance of World Suicide Prevention Day on Tuesday, the in-app campaign encourages everyone to prioritise self-care, practice self-compassion, debunk stigmas attached to mental health issues and seek professional help if required.

According to the World Health Organisation, India is in the top 25 countries with the highest suicidal cases.

The partnership between TikTok and SPIF aims to curb the increasing suicide rates in India by viewing it as a public health issue, and by leveraging the power of the community.

As part of this initiative, SPIF has been sharing short and relatable videos through their TikTok profile (@spif_in) to empower TikTok users with the necessary know-how to essay the role as “Gatekeepers”.

A “Gatekeeper” could be any individual who is trained to be able to spot someone with suicidal tendencies, be of assistance to such individuals and refer them to a mental health professional.

Since nearly eight out of 10 people contemplating suicide give out verbal or nonverbal signs, trained Gatekeepers can play a major role in helping save lives.

This initiative is aimed to mobilise the online community to play a part in preventing individuals from doing self harm. Additionally, the videos also have suicide survivors sharing their personal stories and motivating users to not lose hope and find the strength to overcome their struggles.

As part of the #YourLifeMatters campaign, SPIF will also conduct offline events in schools and colleges such as talks, workshops, debates and plays to encourage conversation on mental health.

The campaign will cover 30 colleges in 10 cities over September, October and November, TikTok said.

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Three wives, 15 children – this man is ready for more

His eldest son is 24-years old and the youngest daughter is 2-years old.

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His eldest son is 24-years old and the youngest daughter is 2-years old.

Lakhimpur (Uttar Pradesh), Sep 23 : As the nation is raising its concerns over rising population, Mohd Sharif could not care less. With three wives and 15 children, he heads what he says is the “biggest family in this district”. His entire family lives together in Baudhiyan Kalan village that has a total population of 6,000.

Sharif says he was 14 when he first got married to Jatta Begum in 1987.

He has three sons and five daughters with his first wife.

“I met Noor and married her sometime in the nineties. She has given me four daughters and one son. In 2000, I married Tarannum Begum, a Nepalese and she has given me one son and one daughter,” he says.

Interestingly, Sharif confesses that he does not remember the names of all his children.

“I go for a headcount every evening to ensure that all of them are home,” he says.

His eldest son is 24-years old and the youngest daughter is 2-years old.

“I am blessed to have such a loving family, where all stay together, even the wives. I never came across a situation where my children or wives argue with one another,” he says.

An agricultural labourer by profession, Mohd Sharif firmly believes that “If Allah sends us to earth, he ensures that no one sleeps on an empty stomach.”

Sharif says he often gets food grains instead of wages and this keeps the family going.

He has recently applied for three accommodations under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna for his three wives.

Sharif is unaware of family planning programmes and insists that children are gifts from God. “I would be happy if I had more,” he says.

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Here comes a device to regrow hair on bald head

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New York, Sep 20 : There is good news for people experiencing hair loss as researchers have developed a wearable device that harnesses energy from the wearer and delivers gentle electric pulses to stimulate dormant hair follicles and regrow hair.

Because the devices are powered by the movement of the wearer, they do not require a bulky battery pack or complicated electronics.

In fact, they are so low-profile that they could be discreetly worn underneath the crown of an everyday baseball cap.

“I think this will be a very practical solution to hair regeneration,” said one of the researchers Xudong Wang, Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US.

In side-by-side tests on hairless mice, the devices stimulated hair growth just as effectively as two different compounds found in baldness medicines, said the study published in the journal ACS Nano.

Based on devices that gather energy from a body’s day-to-day motion, the hair growth technology stimulates the skin with gentle, low-frequency electric pulses, which coax dormant follicles to reactivate hair production.

The devices do not cause hair follicles to sprout anew in smooth skin. Instead they reactivate hair-producing structures that have gone dormant.

That means they could be used as an intervention for people in the early stages of pattern baldness, but they would not bestow cascading tresses to someone who has been as bald as a billiard ball for several years.

Explaining the hair-growth technology, the researchers said that small devices called nanogenerators passively gather energy from day-to-day movements and then transmit low-frequency pulses of electricity to the skin. That gentle electric stimulation causes dormant follicles to “wake up.”

“Electric stimulations can help many different body functions,” Wang said.

“But before our work there was no really good solution for low-profile devices that provide gentle but effective stimulations,” Wang said.

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Rahul Bose to pledge for organ donation after death

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New Delhi, Sep 20 : Actor-director and sportsperson Rahul Bose will soon be signing up for “deceased organ donation” and would be pledging “every square inch” of his body for donation after death.

Bose, in a conversation with IANS, made the announcement and said that he is happy to “pledge everything” from bone, tissue, cornea, and every single part human beings can benefit from.

“I’ll pledge every square inch of my body,” said the 52-year-old actor.

“The Japanese Wife” actor is a panelist at an upcoming discussion organised by CII’s Indian Women Network and Yi (Young Indians) Delhi Chapters on September 24 in New Delhi. According to Bose, he will be formally signing up for donation of his organs on the date.

He already supports the causes of equalizing development through children’s education and preventing child sexual abuse through his foundations.

“It’s very simple for me, I take any way by which I can help human beings lead a better life… I’ve dedicated the last 14 years of my life to these causes, and supporting many other causes in a smaller way. So, if I can help other human beings (by donating organs), why wouldn’t I?”

“If you’re going to die, (and post that) if your body can be used to benefit 8-9 other human beings in terms of organs, what would be greater good karma.”

The event, happening in partnership with MOHAN (Multi Organ Harvesting Aid Network) Foundation is backed by industry and commerce body CII, which gives the actor some hope about the mainstreaming of organ donation in India.

“It’s so unpopular right now… In India, there’s one organ donor per 1 million people, whereas in Spain, there are 49 per 10 lakh people.”

Does he encourage more and more people to donate their organs?

“I would encourage other people to find out more about it, allay their fears, superstitions and irrational beliefs. Only when you’re satisfied, they definitely should.”

Bose was recently in news for a Rs 442 bill he was given at a Chandigarh hotel for just two bananas.

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