A study conducted in 2016 on “Trends and Patterns of Suicide in People of Chitral” showed that women had almost double the rate of suicide than men in District Chitral of Northern Pakistan. The study revealed that suicide was mainly associated with family and marital issues followed by family disputes, lack of confidence and tolerance, and mental health problems; and the most common methods of suicide included were drowning and hanging. Suicide causes a large number of premature deaths in Chitral District, especially during the young and productive age groups.
Khoshani – a source of happiness is RESIP’s response to address the prevailing issue of suicide in Chitral District. The main objective of this intervention is to provide an enabling space to the communities where they can discuss the issues they are facing and can get the required psychosocial support through dialogues and engage in art activities like story-telling, poetry and music. Its min activities include workshops conducted in community centers to educate community members on how to deal with stressful situation using different psychological methods such as relaxation techniques, cognitive behavior therapy, group therapy, music therapy and parental counseling.
Bibi Naz is a young psychologist born in a small town of Chitral KP. She graduated in BSc Psychology from Hazara University and has a post graduate diploma in clinical psychology from Fauji Foundation University, Rawalpindi. She has studied various courses including psychotherapy counseling, psychopathology diagnoses, positive psychology, case studies and research methodology. Her vast experience in several organizations as volunteer and employee; and more than 3 years’ experience at Aga Khan Health Service Pakistan at Rawalpindi Health Center has equipped her to take challenging responsibilities in the field of psychotherapy or clinical psychology. Naz has conducted two researches during her studies on the topics of “Prevalence of Anxiety and Depression in People of Chitral” and “Relationship between Self Esteem and Self Efficacy among University Students”.