It began in 2015, when Vice-Chair of RAGMHI, Dr. Geetha Jayaram (RC Howard West), visited Dr. Vygintas Grini (RC Kaunas) in Lithuania to discuss the possibility of reducing the number of suicides in that country which has been approximately 9 times higher than other countries is the EU.  Dr. Jayaram spoke on, “The role of contemporary leader in the prevention of suicides” and agreed to help implement the project, provide consultations, and supervisions for project quality assurance for GG1743565.
 
During her 6-day trip to District 1462, she was a speaker at Rotary Institute Zones 15 and 16 (15 SEP 2018, Vilnius) "No health without mental health," where she raised the idea to concentrate efforts of Rotary International Foundation on Mental Health problems around the world, when Polio is eradicated.
 
Together with her husband PDG 7620 Jayaram Kumar, she visited municipalities of Anyksciai district and Ukmerge district, where they took part in the meetings of Crisis Management teams and met with Mayors. In the municipality of Ukmerge district, trainings of "Gatekeepers” was completed and soon supervisions will start. In the municipality of Anyksciai district, trainings have begun in October. Dr. Geetha Jayaram met psychologists Valija Sap and Said Dadasev, who provide analyses of the situations in the municipalities, trainings and supervisions in selected municipalities.
 
She also had meetings and talks with experts of suicide prevention from Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Department of Health Psychology, where she presented the lecture, “Preventing inpatient and outpatient suicide: common pitfalls and areas for improvement“ and at the Vilnius University Department of Clinical and Organizational Psychology. During those days she and her husband visited regular meetings of Anyksciai RC, Panevezys RC, Panevezys Arta RC, Vilnius Gelezinis Vilkas RAC, met leaders of Ukmerge RC, where she shared practice from Maanasi Clinic in the village of Mugalur, Karnataka.  Rotarians of mentioned clubs participated in Crisis Management teams of mentioned Municipalities.
 
Dr. Geetha Jayaram is a psychiatrist and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, who has dedicated her life to helping people in her native India and the United States overcome the torment of severe depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, and other mental illnesses. She was honored with the 2014-15 Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award.
 
During 6 intensive days, Dr. Geetha Jayaram contributed with consultations and personal practical information, which will help to improve results of the GG project and will help to continue Rotarians' efforts in long term D1462 Suicide Prevention program in Lithuania.  Rotary Club of Howard West also contributed to funding of GG1743565.
 
More information can be found on www.supremeaim.rotary.lt or by contacting Dr. Vygintas Grinis, RI D1462 PDG 2014/15, Kaunas RC.
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