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Fortis Hospital Celebrated World Suicide Prevention Day

News Desk, News Nation 360 : Suicide remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide, adding up to this the devastating Covid-19 pandemic in India has led to a spike in mental distress and suicides. Social isolation, anxiety, economic difficulties have caused serious mental illness cutting across age groups and class divisions. The association of covid 19 stay-at-homes with suicides worries the Health care professionals about the long-lasting repercussions that it may have on society. It is not just the 10th of September that is to be recognized but every day everyone lives and everyone needs to stem out the roots of negative thoughts. It is paramount for all humans to keep the ray of hope ignited and take measures that contribute towards saving a life. Dr Sanjay Garg, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Fortis Hospital Anandapur said that World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on the 10th of September every year to raise awareness about mental health and one of its extreme consequences that is suicide. This has become a global concern, with humanity losing one person every 40 seconds, the theme this year is ‘Creating Hope through Action’. The pandemic has seen a severe jump in mental illnesses with an estimated increase of 40% as per recent research by the Indian Psychiatric Society. Youngsters seem to be more affected especially with the disruption in the educational system. As per NCRB, 41% of those who committed suicide were from the age group of 14 to 30 years. West Bengal ranks third in the number of suicides. Suicide remains a preventable cause of death and the need of the hour is empowerment and resilience building of individuals through a multi-disciplinary approach with early identification and treatment.

Report : Anustup Kundu