Avoiding A Tragic End

Article By Farhat Gowhar Iqbal


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Mental health care is emerging as one of the biggest issues of our time. Millions of people living with these conditions do not receive the attention they require. Suicide, a Recoiling of mental illness, is a hopeless attempt to run away from sufferings that have become intolerable. Blinded by feelings of self-reluctant, hopelessness, and isolation, a suicidal person can’t find any way to get relieved except through death.

According to the World Health Organization, Geneva, India's annual suicide rate is 10.5 per 100,000, while the suicide rate for the world as a whole is 11.6 per 100,000. About 800000 people commit suicide worldwide every year, of these 135,000 (17%) are residents of India, a nation with 17.5% of world population. According to center For Diseases Control, for every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 6 percent have attempted it.

The rate of student suicides in India has increased alarmingly in the past few years. According to a study made by the National Institute of Mental Health and Lancet report every hour one student attempts suicide in India. Clarifying that too less is known about the problem, the study negates common prognosis that students kill themselves during exam periods. Whenever a student ends up taking his life after tumbling under the pressure of studies, many others lose faith in the country's education system. Cases of young students going for suicide, due to inability to cope up with academic pressure, has been rising and is now on an all time high in the past few years.

In India, exam tenseness is one of the leading causes behind depression and suicide in teenagers. The outrageous vogue indicates the presence of several radical problems in society, with study-related stress and onerous concerns of family expectations being among the chief factors. Student life in popular culture is often visualised as a happy-go-lucky period, devoid of the worries and responsibilities that define adulthood. In India, however, this presumption couldn't be farther from the truth. Students have consistently faced enormous pressure in this country, where the opportunities are limited, the competition is furious, and where futures are determined by mark sheets. To aggravate the matters, families are known to set improbably high expectations when it comes to academic results,which further heightens the load on students. Unfortunately, not everyone emerges from this terrifying situation with flying colours.

Statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reveal that close to 40,000 students in India committed suicide from 2011¬ to 2015, with 8,934 cases in 2015 alone. Another report from 2012 discloses that India's suicide rates for people between 15 and 29 years, are among the highest in the world. This is even more significant when you consider that with suicide being illegal, several cases are quiet down as accidents or left unreported.

For a typical class-XII student, stress levels run especially high as scores from board exams and the various entrance tests that follow which determine not only college placements but also their careers. And with no relief either at home or among peers, a student is often concludes to consider suicide as the last respite. The year 2017 alone been showing several cases across the country, where exam-related stress has caused a student to take the extreme step. This frequency of suicides has also drawn the attention of administrators and celebrities alike, while even reputed universities are talking of changing their curriculum. Earlier this year, PM Narendra Modi urged students undergoing depression to seek help, during his radio speech. The thought has since been reverberated by Bollywood actors Anupam Kher and Akshay Kumar as well, both encouraging youngsters to speak up and look for other ways out. India desperately needs to prioritize mental health, It is a perfect time to mention that: Currently,only 0.09% of our national health budget is dedicated to it, along there is 87% nationwide shortage in mental-health professionals. On ground, this means that almost all schools, universities, and institutions lack trained staff for counselling students which are on the verge of despair. From a national perspective, student suicides glaringly highlight our failure to protect and nurture our young and call for a critical review of the education system and social structures. As adults, parents, teachers, and leaders, safeguarding the interests of our students is a responsibility we bear collectively. And the fact that more and more children are driven to suicide instead of seeking help indicates that we are failing this duty, over and over again.

As individuals and as a community, we need to come together to ask & to insist on understanding what more we can do to address the depression and addiction that is so often the cause of these losses. Like there's no lock made without a key, no problem comes without solutions. There is no shame in seeking help despite the taboo that prevails around it in our country.

(The article was first published in Daily Kashmir Images)

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Farhat Gowhar Iqbal, India

Farhat Gowhar Iqbal is a student of Mass Communication and Journalism at the University of Kashmir.

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