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23% rise in suicides in India during 2000-2015
Sushm Dey | TNN | Jun 21, 2018, 02:44 IST
NEW DELHI: Suicides in the country increased by 23% from 2000 to 2015 with the maximum number of such deaths being reported in the 30-45 age group, followed closely by young adults between 18 and 30 years, according to data released by the National Health Profile, 2018.
Of the total 1,33,623 suicide deaths in India in 2015, as compared to 1,08,593 in 2000, over 33% (44,593 deaths) were in the age group of 30-45, while the 18-30 age group accounted for 32.81% (43,852) deaths. The two age groups together (18-45 years) accounted for more than 66% of suicides in 2015.
Children below 14 and those in the 14-18 age group accounted for nearly 1% and 6%, respectively, of the total suicides in 2015. Around 19% of the total suicides were by people in the age group of 45-60 years and those above 60 years accounted for 7.77% deaths.
In 2005 and 2010, suicides increased to 1,13,914 and 1,34,599, respectively. Data shows suicide deaths were higher among men. As many as 91,528 committed suicide in 2015, as against 66,032 in 2005 and 87,180 in 2010. Among women, the number of suicides increased marginally during 2000-2015.
The average life expectancy in India is 68.35 years.
Experts say socio-cultural issues, discrimination, and competition for highly paid jobs are the most common reasons for suicide among youth. Compounding the problem is a system that barely recognises mental health issues, they say.
Right Spiritual Knowledge could''ve saved many of taking such extreme step.
According to the WHO's Mental Health Atlas 2017, very few countries have suicide prevention strategies despite an estimated 8,00,000 such cases being reported every year. The report highlighted a global shortage of personnel trained in mental health issues and lack of investment in community-based mental health facilities.
Beside deaths, a large number of people suffered non-fatal injuries, including disability, the NHP report prepared by Central Bureau of Health Intelligence said.
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Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge. Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds.
Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. For each suicide approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected. This amounts to 108 million people per year who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviour. Suicidal behaviour includes suicide, and also encompases suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. For every suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide.
Suicide is the result of a convergence of genetic, psychological, social and cultural and other risk factors, sometimes combined with experiences of trauma and loss. People who take their own lives represent a heterogeneous group, with unique, complex and multifaceted causal influences preceding their final act. Such heterogeneity presents challenges for suicide prevention experts. These challenges can be overcome by adopting a multilevel and cohesive approach to suicide prevention. Follow the link to read the full Brochure: https://iasp.info/wspd2018/wspd-brochure/
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SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES FOR MENTAL
HEALTH PROMOTION AND SUICIDE PREVENTION
TEAM Up’s social media guidelines provide tips for organizations and individuals
communicating about mental health and suicide on social media to reduce stigma,
increase help seeking behavior and help prevent suicide. Additional recommendations for
news and entertainment professionals can be found in TEAM Up’s Mental Health
Reporting Style Guide and other resources at eiconline.org/teamup.
SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY
• Know your goal. Why do you want to use social media? To counter stigma and
discrimination? To increase use of mental health services? To encourage people
to reach out to a friend who needs help? The outcome you’re seeking should drive
your strategy and should fit into your larger program goals.
• Identify your audience and where to reach them. Whom do you want to reach
with your online communications—people experiencing mental health challenges,
friends or family members of people in crisis, potential supporters and allies of
your organization’s work, mental health providers? Where do they spend their
time online? What content will appeal to them?
• Assess your available resources. Consider your capacity to carry out a social
media program in terms of staff, time and expertise, and be realistic in your
• Be in it for the long haul. Because the issue of mental health is such a personal
one, recognize that trust is built up over time, through ongoing participation with
the online community. Know that you need to think long-term to be most
effective, and that success will likely not come overnig
CONTENT CONSIDERATIONS – MENTAL HEALTH
• When linking to mental health information, use a reliable source.
Misinformation is rampant online, so make sure you’re not spreading inaccurate
information from sites that may be unreliable. Accurate sources generally include
government agencies (e.g., MentalHealth.gov), professional associations, wellknown
nonprofits and academic journals.
• If retweeting or sharing a link, look at the entire content before passing it
along. Assess whether it contains any inaccurate, stigmatizing, or unsafe content.
• Be transparent. If you work for an organization that has a commercial interest in
the issue, make that clear in your profile. Whether you’re a mental health
advocate or provider, people like to know with whom they’re talking.
• Social interactions with people living with mental illness are the most
effective way to reduce public stigma. Using social media to matter-of-factly
talk about your own experience can help online friends and followers gain a better
understanding of mental illness.
• Consider sharing positive stories about recovery, rather than only posting
mental health-related content when there is a negative incident. For examples,
see the veteran-focused stories at MakeTheConnection.net, messages of hope at
OK2TALK.org and “Real Stories” from youth at ReachOutHere.com.
• Avoid sharing stories that imply that mental illness often causes violence. The
vast majority of people who are living with mental illness are never violent, and
are in fact more likely to be victims than perpetrators of violence. Refer to our
Mental Health Reporting Style Guide (eiconline.org/teamup/for-journalists/) for
guidance on when mental illness is relevant to a story about a violent incident.
• When you see someone else posting stigmatizing or disparaging content, say
something! You have the power to influence how someone thinks about people
living with mental illness. If it is a celebrity or corporate account, you have the
opportunity to make an even bigger difference. Rather than attacking them,
explain why what they posted is hurtful.
• Consider adding the phrase “[Trigger Warning]” when linking to graphic
stories or images. Though what might cause some people to experience a painful
psychological response varies, a trigger warning may be appropriate for your
audience. Materials meriting this kind of warning may include accounts of sexual
assault, violent incidents, self harm, or disaster/battlefield situations. If on a blog,
use a “cut” so that users must click a link to “Read more…” before seeing the
potentially triggering content.
CONTENT CONSIDERATIONS - SUICIDE PREVENTION
• Avoid focusing your communications solely on the extent and consequences
of suicide. Prevention efforts are more successful when sharing positive stories of
hope and recovery, as well as examples of support and assistance. Calling it an
“epidemic” or emphasizing dire statistics can make suicide seem more common
than it is or as an acceptable way to cope with adversity.
• Follow recommendations for safely communicating to the public about
suicide. These recommendations were designed for journalists covering stories
about suicide based on research that certain types of media reporting increase the
risk of suicide contagion among vulnerable individuals. (See
reportingonsuicide.org for details.) Some of the recommendations include:
o Don’t overdramatize the event or place “suicide” in the headline/title. (In
headlines, “dies” is appropriate.)
o Avoid exact details on locations and methods.
o Avoid photos or videos of the location or method of death, and of grieving
family and friends or memorial services.
o Avoid sharing information from suicide notes about motives.
o Don’t oversimplify. Suicide is complex and often has many factors. It is
almost certainly inaccurate to cite a single cause as, for example, “recent
money woes” or “a fight with a spouse.”
• Share links to suicide prevention resources periodically and when someone in
the news or an online community member has died by suicide. Appropriate
hotlines and websites include the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for the
U.S. (suicidepreventionlifeline.org), Samaritans for the UK (samaritans.org), or
Befrienders Worldwide (befrienders.org).
• Be sensitive to the fact that family members may see your posts about their
loved one’s suicide. Don’t write something you would not say directly to them.
LANGUAGE AND IMAGES
• Write conversationally. Don’t sound like a textbook or a press release. People
are more receptive when they feel like they are connecting with a real person
behind the account.
• Avoid stigmatizing or derogatory language. This includes words like “crazy,”
“psycho,” “nuts,” “lunatic,” “deranged,” etc. Also avoid “committed suicide”
(associated with crimes) and “successful/failed suicide” Instead, use “suicide
attempt,” “suicide death,” or “attempted/died by suicide.”
• Use people-first language rather than labels. This means describing, for
example, someone as “living with schizophrenia” rather than “a schizophrenic.”
• Avoid posting stereotypical imagery of people looking disheveled or
threatening, or clutching their head. Most people living with mental illness show
no outward signs of distress.
• Avoid descriptions and images of suicide acts or methods, such as images of
guns, pills, or nooses, pictures or descriptions of the location of a suicide, or
details about a suicide attempt or death.
BUILDING ONLINE ENGAGEMENT
• Offer different ways for people to participate with you online. If you want to
cultivate an engaged group of people around your issue, realize that people will
vary in how they want to interact. Some will simply read your posts, others will
converse, and still others will be motivated to create a video or share your
campaign with their friends. Creating opportunities for different levels of
participation will lead to a vibrant online community.
• Use appropriate hashtags to make your posts easy to find. Hashtags are
keywords that are used to tag and aggregate posts across sites like Twitter,
Instagram, Google Plus and others. Some relevant and frequently used hashtags
include #mentalhealth, #suicide, #mhsm (mental health social media), #CYMH
(child and youth mental health), #PTSD, #mentalhealthmatters, #EndStigma,
#OK2TALK, and more. See www.symplur.com/healthcare-hashtags for more
relevant hashtags. You can also coin your own hashtag to spread your campaign.
• Join in on Twitter chats and interact with people livetweeting from
conferences on relevant topics. Some popular chats include #MHChat, #MHSM
(mental health social media), #SPSM (suicide prevention social media),
#MHNurseChat, #PPTalk (postpartum psychosis), and more.
PRIVACY AND SAFETY CONCERNS
• Give careful consideration to your own privacy online. Share your story, but
share it in a smart way—do not give out identifiable personal and health
information. Remember that what goes online may be there forever.
• Never share other people’s information without permission. Be mindful of
others’ privacy in addition to your own. Even if someone is already public about
their mental health status or experience with suicide online, be thoughtful about
whether and where you share it. Private information about someone else should
never be posted. If you are a mental health provider, it is illegal to discuss your
• Develop policies and procedures for safe comments and posts on your
Facebook page/group or any websites or blogs you publish. Monitor for hurtful
messages or comments from posters who may be in crisis and take action when
needed as quickly as possible.
• If you or someone you know are being harassed or bullied online… There are
several things you can do to keep yourself or others in your community safe.
Clearly tell the harasser to stop, then refrain from any further communications. If
the behavior continues, save the communications and contact the appropriate
service (e.g., social network site, internet service provider) to take action. If
threats of violence have been made, consider involving law enforcement.
ADDRESSING SUICIDE-RELATED POSTS BY OTHERS
• If someone posts potentially suicidal content online, take action. They may or
may not intend to follow through, but don’t take a chance. Reach out to the person
online and find out how you can help or provide and encourage them to access
resources. Many social networks have a system in place to report suicidal content
and get online help to that person. (See suicidepreventionlifeline.org/gethelp/online.aspx.)
• Keep an eye out for trending topics on Twitter and Facebook that may be
related to the suicide of a celebrity or other well-known person. Post resources
for people who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts as a result of the news. Use
the same hashtags or keywords that appear in the trending topics so your posts
will be seen by those following the news.
• Do not repost stories or links about suicide attempts or death. Imitative
suicides are more likely with more frequent and prominent coverage. In addition,
posting links to stories can drive up online traffic, which encourages media
organizations to continue posting these stories. Instead, share resources and
stories of hope and recovery.
• Be vigilant for suicide hoaxes that may spread quickly online. Do not retweet
or repost information that has not been confirmed by a reliable source, and
discourage others from doing so as well.
• Work with influencers in online fan communities who can help to quell rumors
and spread accurate information to counter suicide hoaxes.
FURTHER SOCIAL MEDIA RESOURCES
Know the Signs - How to Use Social Media for Suicide Prevention: User Guide
Responding to a Cry for Help: Best Practices for Online Technologies
CDC Social Media Tools, Guidelines & Best Practices
In the Know: Social Media for Public Health
Social Media in Mental Health Practice: A Practical Guide for Health and Social Care Practitioners
Working in Mental Health Services
TEAM Up (Tools for Entertainment And Media)
Walk in Our Shoes
Each Mind Matters
Know the Signs - Suicide is Preventable
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Authority (CalMHSA). CalMHSA is an organization of county governments working to improve mental
health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. Prevention and Early Intervention programs
implemented by CalMHSA are funded by counties through the voter-approved Mental Health Services
Act (Prop. 63). Proposition 63 provides the funding and framework needed to expand mental health
services to previously underserved populations and all of California’s diverse communiti
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Can Young Children Be Suicidal?
POSTED ON MAY 31, 2018
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Over the years I’ve heard people, often professionals, say that young children can’t really be suicidal because they don’t understand the concept of death. Brian Mishara interviewed 65 elementary children and found out most first graders knew that dead people can’t come back to life and all the second graders understood the everyone dies eventually. However, many first graders and even a few fifth graders thought dead people could see and hear so their beliefs about death are a bit fluid.
in the same study, Mishara discovered that children in first grade understood what “killing oneself “meant and one even knew the word suicide. By third grade all but one understood the word suicide. Suicide between the ages of 5-11 is rare, but it does occur; about 33 children under the age of 12 will die each year by suicide.
Professionals who have worked with and studied young suicidal children believe the desire to kill oneself isn’t about wanting to die specifically but rather it’s the only way they know of to cope with their problems, mostly family relationships. There is also a correlation between attention-deficit disorder (with or without hyperactivity) and suicide, suggesting impulsivity is a factor as well.
I know that as a young child, from the age of five or six, I wanted to die. It’s true, I didn’t know how to handle what was going on in my life, I didn’t talk about it with anyone, and it was the only solution that came to mind. I also remember hearing about heaven and thinking that sounded pretty good to me. No pain, only joy and happiness – who wouldn’t want that? And there was only one way to get there, and that way was death.
As I grew older, I tried to think of other solutions. We lived in the country, the nearest town was five miles away, and the closest city was 25 miles away so running away wasn’t going to work. Besides, where would I go and what would I do once I got there? So that didn’t seem like a viable option. But death did and my suicidal ideation began to take shape and I started to think of ways to die.
By the time I was in high school, I was definitely suicidal. I came to the conclusion that the only way out of my surroundings and situation was to get good grades and then go to college but that was a long-term plan. I didn’t really think much about my future anyway, so maybe I’d get there, maybe I wouldn’t. I started hoarding pills and thinking about death more and more.
So why didn’t I attempt or die? There were several things. One, I didn’t know where my dad and brothers kept their guns or if I did, I couldn’t reach them or the bullets/shotgun shells so that restricted my access to means. And for whatever reason, no other methods occurred to me.
I also loved the outdoors. As I said, we lived in the country and half of our property was wooded so I spent a lot of times among the trees and with the chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits. To this day, if I am out of sorts, a walk in the woods will ground me. I love the smell of pine trees so I keep pine infused essential oil on hand. My first spiritual experience was lying on a bed of pine needles, looking up at the sky through the branches of the trees.
Finally, my dog Buttercup. When I was eight we rescued her as a puppy – she was a mutt – and she and I grew up together. Buttercup was my pal, my confidante, let me hold her and hug her, cry into her fur when I needed it, and could make me laugh in an instant. She was my best friend and I believe she also helped keep me alive. She even tried to sneak into my car when I was leaving for college my senior year. Oh, how I loved that dog!
I didn’t need studies to tell me young children do want to die and do think of suicide but it’s good it’s being studied and finally taken seriously. Pay attention if moods change or weight is gained or lost, sleeping habits change – these things are often indicators something is going on in a child’s life. Also, talk about it. Given that by age eight most children know what suicide is, when it’s shown in a show or movie, use it as an opportunity to talk about it. If nothing else, that sends the message to your child that you’re open and available to talk about things. That is a big deal. It may not seem so to you, but I know I would have loved having an adult I could talk to when I was growing up. Seemingly little things can have a big impact so please don’t be afraid to talk about suicide. Luckily it’s rare in children, but by learning more and being open, we can make it even more of a rare occurrence.
Kennedy-Moore, Ellen. Suicide in Children – What Every Parent Must Know, Psychology Today, September 24, 2016.
Bridge JA, Asti L, Horowitz LM, et al. Suicide trends among elementary school-aged children in the United States from 1993 to 2012. JAMA Pediatr. 2015;169(7):673–677
Mishara, B. L. (1999). Conceptions of death and suicide in children ages 6–12 and their implications for suicide prevention. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 29, 105–118.
Sheftall, A.H., Asti L, Horowitz LM, Felts, A., Fontanella, C. A., Campo, J. V., & Bridge, J. A. (2016). Suicide in Elementary School-Aged Children and Early Adolescents. Pediatrics. , 138, http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/early/2016/09/15/peds.2016-0436.full.pdf
2 thoughts on “Can Young Children Be Suicidal?”
JUNE 2, 2018 AT 8:27 AM REPLY
I, too, wished to go to heaven to leave life. In kindergarten, I stepped off the top of a slide. The problem was my home life, abuse by my parents. Those work or interact with children on a regular basis need to also be watching, as parents may be the cause of a child’s desire to die.
JUNE 2, 2018 AT 8:33 AM REPLY
Thank you for sharing and I agree with you completely. Too many times it’s the home life that is the source of the trauma and suicidality. Teachers, aunts, uncles, coaches, clergy, custodians, can all play an important role in a child’s life.