Civil Servants Don't Easily Kill Selves: Psychiatrists

Published: 18th March 2015 06:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th March 2015 06:03 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU:Following the mysterious death of IAS officer D K Ravi on Monday, psychiatrists from the city are of the opinion that civil servants usually have a strong calibre to face the toughest of situations. They have a natural trait to handle stress and depression and do not easily commit suicide.

Dr Satish Chandra, director, of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) said

in case a man or a woman from such a background commits suicide, then he/she would have been hurt badly and faced humiliation. Before committing suicide, a person thinks about consequences and his family.

Commenting on Ravi’s death, Dr Chandra said, “I met him when he was the Deputy Commissioner of Kolar, he helped NIMHANS initiate a mental health survey. He was very bold and decisive.”

“I admired his work, his death has shocked me.

I have sent a condolence to the family on behalf of NIMHANS,” he said.

A doctor from Victoria Hospital said IAS officers are strong mentally as they would have prepared themselves for the tough life ahead during their exams and training.

“Even the most powerful people have taken such a step. In about 90 per cent of suicide cases, the person would have shown signs like being moody, hopeless and disinterested in life. Only 10 to 20 per cent of such cases are impulsive,” the doctor said.

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