We Exist for these Children & youngsters
A 14 year old boy allegedly committed suicide apparently because of mental harrassment from school. Read More about Binto Eapaen from Kottayam
An 18 year old allegedly committed suicide after he was caught cheating during an examination. Read More about Jishnu Pranoy
A 17 year old girl allegedly committed suicide after failing her class 9 examination. Read More about Asha
A 25 year old young man allegedly committed suicide because of job insecurity. Read more about Gopikrishna Durgaprasad
Is it such an alarming issue?
About 800,000 people commit suicide worldwide every year, of these 135,000 are residents of India, a nation with 17.5% of world population.
Between 1987 and 2007, the suicide rate increased from 7.9 to 10.3 per 100,000, with higher suicide rates in southern and eastern states of India.
Among large population states, Tamil Nadu and Kerala had the highest suicide rates per 100,000 people in 2012.
According to WHO data, the age standardized suicide rate in India is 16.4 per 100,000 for women (6th highest in the world) and 25.8 for men (ranking 22nd).
In 2012, 80% of the suicide victims were literate, higher than the national average literacy rate of 74%.
In the year 2012, Chennai reported the highest total number of suicides at 2,183, followed by Bengaluru (1,989), Delhi (1,397) and Mumbai (1,296). Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) followed by Kollam (Kerala) reported the highest rate of suicides at 45.1 and 40.5 per 100,000 people respectively, about 4 times higher than national average rate.
Source of statistics: Wikipedia
Prevention is much better if you study the statistics…
According to a report that appeared in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry, India is home to just 4000 psychiatrists – we just have one psychiatrist for every 4 lakh mental health patients! Click here to read more.
- According to some experts, India also just has 1,000 licensed psychologists for our population of 1.2 billion!
- 35 lakh Indians require hospitalization for mental health conditions, but we have just 40 institutions to treat them.
According to the Kerala State Mental Health Survey report, there are only 1.2 psychiatrists for one lakh patients in the state. The availability of clinical psychologists is 0.62 and psychiatric social worker is 0.04, for one lakh patients.
- A study by the World Health Organisation points out, over five crore Indians suffered from depression in 2015
An additional three crore suffered from anxiety disorders.
Further, the World Health Organisation estimates that nearly 57 million Indians suffer from depression. Simply put, one in every 22 people suffers from depression and yet, the social stigma and label attached to this increasingly common mental illness continues to scare individuals away from seeking appropriate treatments. Click here to read more.
- The number of Indians suffering from mental illness exceeds that of the population of South Africa.
- At present, the mentally ill account for nearly 6.5 percent of the country’s population and it is estimated that by 2020 this number will increase to a staggering 20 percent.WHO estimates that approximately 8,00,000 suicide deaths occur globally every year and India witnesses 15 suicides every 60 minutes.
The government data highlights the dismal number of mental healthcare professionals in India — 3,800 psychiatrists, 898 clinical psychologists, 850 psychiatric social workers, and 1,500 psychiatric nurses nationwide.
- The WHO reports that there are only three psychiatrists per million people in India, while in other Commonwealth countries, the ratio is 5.6 psychiatrists for the same