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Posted on Sep 10, 2015 |

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

‘SUICIDE THE HIDDEN PANDEMIC’

According to the National Crime Record Bureau India, Suicide clock 2013, (ncrb.nic.in/adsi2013/ADSI-2013.pdf) by 248 suicides by MALES per day, 121 suicides by Female per day  out of which 62 were HOUSEWIVES, 89 suicides per day due to FAMILY PROBLEMS. The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) reports as INDIA registering the highest estimated number of suicides in the world in year 2012, amongst the youngsters in the 15-29 years age range. In the world health rankings India stands at number 12 for Suicide.  Suicide death rate per 100000 is 21.21, and the list goes on…. One may ask what’s new or important about this data. Well sooner or later this hidden pandemic may surface very near to you!!

So get a head start on this topic. If you are an adult, have a checklist for yourself and your near-dear ones. It is very important to even talk about Suicide with kids as young as 9-10 years old, in a non-threatening manner, so they are able to understand and discriminate about ‘HAPPY-SAD to VERY-VERY-VERY SAD’.

A basic checklist

  1. See & notice if someone is having too much prolonged sadness,
  2. Persisting hopelessness,
  3. If this sadness suddenly changes to being/appearing very CALM/HAAPY
  4. Is an individual self-absorbed in talking about death, futility of life and general pleasures,
  5. Giving about personal possessions,
  6. More interested in reading/acquiring information on obituaries, methods of dying,
  7. Neglecting personal care, health issues or other important commitments,
  8. Has a history of alcohol, narcotic drug/s abuse/usage,
  9. Is diagnosed or has a life threatening disease,
  10. Has a history of DELIBRATE SELF-HARM, PREVIOUS ATTEMPTS TO SUICIDE,
  11. History of Physical or SEXUAL abuse,
  12. Family history of mental disorder.
  13. Is indicating a loss in rational thinking,
  14. Wants to be alone MOST of the time, tries to avoid- previously enjoyable activities,
  15. Trying to finish work/put things in order, saying sudden goodbyes.

 

If these symptoms ring a bell in your ears/mind, seek help of a mental health professional- a PSYCHOLOGIST, a PSYCHIATRIST, even your family doctor. It is better to be alert than to be sorry later. The family members carry the stigma, pain and guilt of a suicide through the life.

We need to develop healthy physical and mental health, better problem solving skills, positive interpersonal relationships, Empathy towards fellow beings and overall HOPE in LIFE.

 

By

DR.NAMITA SINGH
Consultant Neuropsychologist
APOLLO HEALTH CITY
HYDERABAD
TELANGANA
INDIA