It is mostly said that Suicide is not an option; It is a decision—a wrong decision 230314 people made over their life. In 2016 the number of Suicides in India had increased up to 230,314. Suicide is the most common cause of death in the age groups of 15–29 years and 15–39 years. About 800,000 people lost their lives to suicide worldwide every year.
Estimates for the number of suicides in India vary. For example, a study published in The Lancet projected 187,000 suicides in India in 2010, while India’s Government’s official data claims 134,600 suicides in the same year. However, World Health Organization data says the age-standardized suicide rate in India is 16.4 per 100,000 for females that is 6th highest in the world and 25.8 for men that are ranking 22nd worldwide.
The most prevalent cause of suicide is Bankruptcy or indebtedness; around 2,308 people choose to take their own like because they were unable to pay their debts. However, It was not the bankruptcy that forced them to give up their life; It was the dread of the humiliation they had to face.
The number of suicides has increased in the lockdown months as the economy stood still for more than 70 days. The number of suicides has increased in the lockdown months as the economy stood still for more than 70 days. Employees were served with their termination letters; Daily waged workers lost their only income source; Banks are sinking in the waves of bad loans.
On 30th March 2020, Thomas Schaefer, The Finance Minister of Hesse state Germany; Has committed suicide apparently after becoming deeply worried over how to cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus.
Whereas Germany, with the most robust economy in the European Union. The European Union’s strongest pillar is Germany’s concrete economy; However, now it is a matter of distress that the world’s most integrated Union’s democrats are giving up their life, by losing hope to see a boon in the economy.
The other major reasons that lead people to take their own lives are marriage-related issues that include Non-settlement of marriage, Dowry-related issues, extramarital affairs, etc. Data says around 6773 people have taken their lives because they were unhappy in their married lives.
Some of the reports say it is due to the counselors’ high consultancy rates and the therapists that anyone can’t afford. And mental health still seems to be taboo; People feel ashamed when they are suggested to seek help. Mental Health is as important as physical health. Being mentally sick is as dangerous as cancer, and it is no shame to seek help for the same.
One of the reasons for an increasing number of suicides is Failure In Examinations. Indian parents tend to build pressure on their children for academic excellence; however, every child at a fragile age look up to their parents for personal validation. And when they witness that their parents are unhappy because of their poor academic performance, they tend to see themselves as a failure and develop a negative self approach.
More than 2,403 children have given up on life because they consider themselves as a failure.
India’s Battle With Suicides
The Indian Government is regulating its policies to help Indians dethrone their suicidal thoughts. The Government is setting up free counseling camps where anyone can walk in freely and discuss their problems with a licensed therapist. The Supreme Court of India has decriminalized The attempt to suicide, which was a criminal offense before the amendment. Indian Government has assigned a toll-free helpline number as Jeewan Astha Helpline Number: 1800 233 3330.
Every life is precious. Suicide is not an option. Everyone deserves to be saved.