Suicide is a major health problem in India. According to the World Health Organization India has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Research conducted in India showed that death from self harm by young women rose 126% between 1990 and 2010, and that suicide was the most common cause of death among Indian women between the ages of 15 and 49 years.
Individuals resort to suicide to escape unbearable suffering. Early recognition and intervention can prevent suicide and save lives. With modern medicine and treatment, many of the causes for suicide can be treated. Education on the warning signs and risk factors of suicide can help identify someone at risk and help prevent suicide.
General warning signs:
These are some of the common warning signs of someone who may be depressed. The more signs that are present, the greater the risk.
Risk factors for suicide include:
What to do if you or someone you know exhibits any of the above:
For immediate assistance, call the suicide hotline :
Mumbai : http://www.aasra.info/; Call – 22-27546669
Vandrewala Foundation: 1860-266-2345 / 022-2570600
Chennai : http://www.snehaindia.org/contact.php; Call – 44-2464 0050
Other Counseling Helplines:
1. ICALL – A TISS initiative for phone counseling across the nation
ICALL- 022-25563291; Email- email@example.com
2. Hitguj- BMC 24/7 helpline.