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‘Suicide rate higher among women’
Talking about the mortality burden in the country at the 33rd anniversary of Sneha, a city-based NGO working towards suicide prevention, Dr Lakshmi Vijayakumar, founder trustee of Sneha said, “As per the latest Global Burden od Disease (GBD), around 2,30,000 deaths reported in India were due to suicides, with a majority of the people who committed suicide aged between 19 to 23.”
“The rate of students committing suicide because of failure in exams has reduced by around 50 per cent after the provision of appearing for supplementary exams for Class 10 and 12 was introduced. We receive about 60 distress calls daily,” Dr Lakshmi added.
To discuss the issues concerning suicides in the country, medicos gathered at the Suicide Update 2019 on Friday. The two-day event aims to focus on the latest developments in the field of suicide prevention and provide training to volunteers and healthcare professionals.
WHO chief scientist Dr Sowmya Swaminathan, said that 80 per cent of suicides reported globally are from low and middle-income countries. Suicides are the second leading cause of death among youngsters aged between 15-29 years. More than eight lakh people die due to suicides every year, that implies to about one death every 40 seconds,” said Dr Sowmya. She added that despite a decline in suicides globally, there has been no change in the suicide rate among women across the world.
Gopalakrishna Gandhi, former governor of West Bengal addressed the event and stressed on the need to reduce suicides in the State.