Suicidal Tendency Accounts for More Deaths than AIDS, Cancer

Published: 10th September 2014 06:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th September 2014 08:33 AM   |  A+A-


VIJAYAWADA: The people who suffer a lot of humiliation, loss of honour, incur financial losses and fail in love are prone to commit suicide. They feel that it is the only solution to their problems. There is an urgency to check this tendency as many youngsters are committing suicide for trivial reasons.

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Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the 15-30 age group. Every 90 minutes, a teenager commits suicide. Many of these attempts are due to loneliness and needs attention, help and love. Unfortunately, suicide accounts for more deaths than AIDS, cancer, heart attack, obesity, birth defects and lung diseases.

On the occasion of the World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept 10, Express has made an attempt to focus on the reasons for suicides and elicited the opinion of two city-based psychiatrists.

Indian Psychiatrists Association chairperson Dr Indla Vishal explained that the combination of genetic or biological vulnerability, psychological make-up and social network of the person concerned are the most important risk factors for suicidal tendency among the teens.

“Every day, we offer counselling to at least three to four youngsters who feel depressed and suffer from suicidal tendency. Ten years ago, teenage suicide was a rare topic but now it happens every other day and is brought about by drug abuse, alcohol, relationship failure, depression, financial problems and loneliness,” he said.

The best way to deal with suicide is to prevent it. Discussing the prevention of suicides, Mind Care Hospital psychiatrist Dr Radhika Reddy said that suicide prevention starts with recognising the warning signs. The sudden personality change and depression talks of the person are a major warning and they need to consult a psychiatrist immediately for counselling.  “Suicide is a desperate attempt to escape suffering that has become unbearable. There is a strong need to educate people and create awareness about the nature of suicidal behaviour, mainly to reduce the suicidal tendency among people,” she said.

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