Suicide graph fails

Suicide graph fails to slow down in Steel City, 193 deaths reported in 11 months

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Jamshedpur : The suicide graph is climbing in Steel City despite efforts. As many as 193 persons committed suicide in the city in the year first eleven month of 2014.

While in entire 2013 the figure was 216. Out of 193 persons who committed suicide in 2014 28 were students.

City based suicide prevention center Jeevan, said that they are keeping an eye on the trend and they are confident that the numbers will not surpass in compare to last year.

A total of 216 people committed suicide in 2013 as against 208 in 2012, 206 in 2011, 200 in 2010, 136 in 2009 and 173 in 2008. The reasons, as cited by psychiatrists, vary largely from complicated lifestyle and family problems to aggression and addiction.

M. Ram, director of Jeevan, which received 575 distressed calls in 2014, said “In our study we have found that depression and rising pressure to perform is the prime reason for the ris- ing suicides.

While studying we have found that people who are depressed have higher tendency to commit suicide. So there is an urgent need to understand the problem and address it.

He said that the number of people contacting Jeevan centre has increased over the years. “Teenagers are particularly sensitive to social and economic problems that affect their families.

It hurts their psyche to see parents struggling to meet both ends and unable to buy those things they’d like to have,” said Prakash Sharma a social worker.

According to information Jeevan has installed hoardings across the city carrying message to prevent the suicides in the industrial town. The hoardings mention in detail about the symptoms of a person possessing suicide tendency so that the family members of the respective person take preventive measures before hand and prevent the incident to take place.

“Depression is the major concern of the society. It is not only medically harmful but it also leads people to commit suicide. While studying we have found that people who are depressed have higher tendency to commit suicide.

So there is an urgent need to understand the problem and address it,” said Dr. U K Srivastava, city based medical practioner He said that cases are caused by exposure of youths to uninhibited violence on television.

The inability to perform well in examinations also forced students to end life. Like failure, illness is also a major cause of suicide. “Trends are changing in our city though the numbers have reduced this year.

Suicide, which about two decades ago was supposed to be the domain of the elderly, youths and women have taken the lead in this pursuit of death,” said Srivastava.

Notably the city has a very high rate of suicidal deaths that is 9.5 persons per lakh of population per year, which is more than the rate at metro like Kolkata( 1.52) and Mumbai ( 6.6).

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