YOUTH SUICIDE IN INDIA
To those who have lost their lives by suicide,
To those who struggle with thoughts of suicide,
To those who have made an attempt on their lives,
To those caring for someone who struggles,
To those left behind after a death by suicide,
To those in recovery, and
To all those who work tirelessly to prevent suicide and suicide attempts in our nation.
We believe that we can and we will make a difference.
2.1 Understanding suicide
2.2 Overall statistics
2. Facts about youth suicide
3. Risk indicators of youth suicides
4. Reasons for youth suicide
5.4 Failure in relationships
5.5 Lack of empathy by parents
5. Prevention of suicide
Suicide is the act of taking one’s own life. Suicide may result from despair, as the result of a mental disorder, or other challenges. In some cases, financial difficulties and interpersonal relationships may lead to suicide. The World Health Organization estimates that suicide is the thirteenth leading cause of death worldwide and is a leading cause of death among teenagers and adults under 35. Throughout the world, there are anywhere from 10 to 20 million suicide deaths per year. Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes immeasurable pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide. Every suicide attempt and death affects countless other individuals. Family members, friends, coworkers, and others in the community all suffer the long-lasting consequences of suicidal behaviors. Suicide places a heavy burden on the nation in terms of the emotional suffering that families and communities experience as well as the economic costs associated with medical care and lost productivity. And yet suicidal behaviors often continue to be met with silence and shame. These attitudes can be formidable barriers to providing care and support to individuals in crisis and to those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
“Life has no smooth road for any of us and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfils itself.” – W.C.Doane
1.1 Understanding suicide
Although some people may perceive suicide as the act of a troubled person, it is a complex outcome that is influenced by many factors. Individual characteristics may be important, but so are relationships with family, peers, and others, and influences from the broader social, cultural, economic, and physical environments.
There is no single path that will lead to suicide. Rather, throughout life, a combination of factors, such as a serious mental illness, alcohol abuse, a painful loss, exposure to violence, or social isolation may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. 1.2 Overall statistics
Every 40 seconds a life is lost through suicide(Worldwide as per WHO data). Suicide Rate (India 2006-07): General Population-11.5 % per lakh. Army-7.5 % per lakh. Mumbai: (As per Police stats) 3 lives lost per day due to suicide. Navi MumbaiL As per Police stats) 2 lives lost per week due to suicide
In India according to National Crime Records Bureau 110,417 people committed suicide in the year 2002, which is 1.8% more than compared to 2001., i.e; a suicide is committed every five minutes. Seven times that number attempt to take their lives and as for those who feel desperate and unable to cope, the number is mind boggling. More suicides occur between 18 and 45 - in other words in the most productive age group of our society. - Every 3 seconds a person attempts to die.
- Suicide is one of the top three causes of death among the young in the age group of 15-35 years - The psychological, social and financial impact of suicide on the family and the society is immeasurable. - About 1 lakh people...