Suicide cases increased due to lockdown
According to psychiatrist Dr. Sameer Malhotra, the pandemic gave rise to suicidal thoughts apart from depression and anxiety among people. During this people tried to harm themselves. Even in some cases this epidemic became the cause of death. On the impact of the pandemic, Dr. Prakriti Poddar, Managing Trustee of the Poddar Foundation, said that during the lockdown, the number of cases of suicide and suicide attempts in India increased significantly. There are many reasons for this. Such as the breakdown of social networks, fear of getting infected with the virus, limited access to healthcare, social disruption, mental stress and fear of burden on families.
More suicide cases in men between 31-50 years
The suicides reported during the lockdown phase were by significantly older persons as compared to 2019. Their age ranged from 31 to 50 years. Surprisingly, there were a lot of suicide cases by men in this. Also, during the Kovid-19 epidemic and lockdown, the tendency of suicide among school children increased significantly.
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At such times suicide was the only option
A youth told on the condition of anonymity that he was completely imprisoned in the house due to the lockdown. So it seemed that the purpose of life was lost somewhere. The girl he loved got busy with family time. Online classes were starting to look boring. His father lost his job and the happy atmosphere of the house deteriorated. Then he felt that suicide was the only option left for him to get away from life.
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Children and the elderly are more affected
The impact of the pandemic was felt in every age group, but children and the elderly were most affected. Many children lost their parents, as their behavior changed drastically. Also the elderly who lost their spouses were severely affected by depression and anxiety. Mental health conditions such as loneliness and dependence on others drive people to commit suicide.
Family problem was the reason for suicide
According to experts, 37.2 percent suicides are due to family problems while 17.1 percent are due to illness. Poddar says suicide can be prevented if the warning signs are recognized early.
Friends and family members understand their responsibility
If a person is showing signs of mental health problems, it is the responsibility of family members and friends to come forward, and ask if they are contemplating suicide. At the same time, without any worry, one should listen and respect their feelings. If someone needs immediate help, the concerned doctor can help improve the mental health condition.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, you can seek help from a professional. Many helpline numbers will also assist you in this matter.
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