Mental Health: Now, among top 10 killers in India

37% of women and 24% of men who died by suicide globally are Indian according to a report, The Lancet 2016

In India, nearly 50 million people are suffering from mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. It is the biggest secret of India that suicide has now become the top 10 killers. Another day, another suicide has become an everyday story of the country. Whether it is an underpaid farmer, victimized wife or a school going student, they end up attempting suicide out of anxiety, mental trauma, exhaustion and frustration they face in their life.

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Data as per 2016:

A mental health crisis in India has now worsened due to various stigmas and lack of adequate mental healthcare infrastructure. Almost 37% of women and 24% of men who died by suicide, globally, are Indian according to a report published by The Lancet 2016. Globally, India ranks 3rd in suicidal deaths in the age group of 15-39 in 2016. 63 % deaths reported in India comes under this age group. There was an increase of 40% in the number of suicide deaths between 1990 and 2016 with an estimated 2, 30,314 deaths in 2016.

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However, the overall suicide rate has reduced by 15% since 1990 to 2016, the suicide death rate for women (15 per one lakh women) got doubled to that of other countries (7 per one lakh women), comparatively. Married women accounts for the highest number of suicide deaths in India, a study stated. The reason behind this is the arranged and early marriages, young motherhood, low social status, dowry, domestic violence among others. The southern states such as Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Kerala, and Tripura are among the most affected.

It is really surprising that the suicide death rates are also increasing among the age group of 80 and above. This is due to isolation, depression, pressure of being a liability for the family and functional disability. This has raised an immediate need to combat the issue. Various helpline numbers have been created in which anyone can contact to overcome their suicidal feelings. Here, is your help:

  1. Connecting Trust: 1800-843-4353, 99220001122 (12pm-8pm)
  2. Lifeline: 033-64643267, 033-24637401 (Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm)
  3. Vandrevala: 1860-266-2345, 1800-233-3330 (24/7)
  4. Sneha: 044-24640050 (24/7)
  5. Hope Helpline: 0724-4333666 (24/7)
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