Suicides among youth

Every hour, one student commits suicide in India!

India has one of the world’s highest suicide rates for youth aged 15 to 29, according to a 2012 Lancet report.

The four metros of India together account for almost 40.5 percent of the total suicides reported from 35 mega cities. Alarming statistics indeed!

The various pressures and unrealistic expectations from society, parents, peers, and self result in frustration leading youngsters to take this fatal step.

Children today are burdened by academic pressures at a very young age. The fear of failure looms large and they are unable to perform well. They are also expected to be toppers in all the extracurricular activities they indulge in. A tall order indeed! They are robbed of the childhood joys and pleasures, and they often turn into nervous wrecks. Intervention through counselling and therapy at school level helps to alleviate these issues.

The “keeping up with the Jones” syndrome compels youngsters to acquire materialistic things, and the inability to do so can drive young people to take their lives. Failed relationships, work pressures, debt, family problems can also lead to depression.

Timely intervention helps save lives. It’s high time people realised that seeking professional help is not taboo. There is nothing to be ashamed of in seeking help from trained professionals. A patient listening (without any judgement) in itself goes a long way in preventing such tragic incidents. Negative thoughts that cloud the mind lead people to feel helpless and conclude “there is no way out” and this pressurizes them to take such drastic steps.

Counselling creates a platform for venting out these negative thoughts, and the person would be able to see clearly and realise that there are alternatives which can help him/her deal with situations in a better way.


This blog is based on DH November 2 2011/Panorama Section/From IT capital to suicide capital and Updated: May 08, 2017 09:15 IST

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