From Darkness to Light of Hope- More Prevention, Less Suicide! Drug Use and Suicide Prevention

6th conference is going to be held at the University of Management and Technology, Lahore which has organized a pre-conference workshop for students and professionals about suicide and addiction. The theme of the conference is suicide prevention and the workshop was held on 28 December, Wednesday 2022 at the main campus. The model used to take steps for intervention states to connect, assess, respond and expand as the four components to follow. It was elaborated that co-occurring disorders such as mood issues and drug use may direct towards the fatal consequences for its victim. 


The highlights were given as follows:


  • Salience, mood modification, tolerance, withdrawal, conflict and relapse were mainly discussed as symptom categories to rule out the need for brief intervention
  • People who use substances are 120 times more at risk of committing suicide than those who are not dependent socially or psychologically on a chemical or non-chemical object
  • Even the general population must know the role of involvement in education and awareness about the use of motivational communication to make it less burdensome for clinical staff
  • Various studies have acknowledged that each and everyone regardless of age and status can minimize the use of digital tools for addiction and maximize behavioral control
  • Addiction of any kind makes it easier to worsen mental health illness and enhance the frequency of suicidal thoughts
  • Even medications like tramadol withdrawal may cause abrupt suicidal tendencies and increased emotional distress and psychological pain. Opiate crises are one of the major risks of the use of life-saving prescription pills. 


The activities given to the audiences were:


  • Finding out the correlates of suicide and drug use in local culture
  • Helping the patients to identify the risk and safety requirements
  • Brainstorming the methods to seek more social-emotional skill-building resources  
  • Feel the pain-case study to implement the 4 steps model


It was fruitful for those who attended and it winded up with positive feedback. Such events are a source of relief to plan for families in the communities. A souvenir was presented as a token of thanks for the resource person by the department of clinical psychology, school of professional psychology in the host institute.


Dr. Nazish Idrees Chaudhary, PhD., M.S., M.Sc., B.Sc. (Clinical Psychology)

Assistant Professor & Researcher, Allied Health Sciences, The University of Lahore

Director Operations, Clinical Psychologist, Grace International Psychiatric and Addiction Rehabilitation Center

Consultant at Genova IVF centre and Khalid Clinic, Gulberg Lahore

Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapist

Certified Couple/Family Therapist

Certified Addiction Prevention and Treatment/Recovery Counseling Professional

Certified Neuro-linguistic programming and Hypnotherapist

Certified Diet and Nutritional Therapist

Certified Memory Improvement Therapist