Death by Suicide: Answering Some Key Questions

By Kamna Chhibber Recent news has highlighted how an individual from any walk of life, regardless of gender, age, stage of life, socio-economic, religious or cultural background may be susceptible to death by suicide. These incidents have left many confused, some overwhelmed, and others unsure of what happened. To the average man, the lives that […]

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We Need to Talk: Suicide and Suicide Prevention

By Amrita Tripathi A recent article in the Times of India highlighted that in India, a student takes his/her own life every hour. Every hour. Every year, we talk about exam stress, often ignoring relationship stress, the magnitude of pressure on the young, and certainly overlooking the fact that – as senior psychiatrist and co-founder of Children First, Dr Amit Sen […]

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Suicide Prevention: Is India’s Data Enough to Tackle the Complex Issue?

‘Farmers commit suicide due to debt and crop failure’.  ‘Housewives commit suicide due to domestic violence’. ‘Young students commit suicide due to failure in exams’. You will have seen these phrases, which commonly appear in media reports and social media discussions on suicide in India. More often than not, any debate or discussion tends to revolve […]

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Media Watch: Portrayal of Mental Illness and Suicide

By Tanmoy Goswami IMAGINE A GAME that asks young people to kill themselves, leaving a trail of bodies from Ust-Ilimsk to Mumbai to West Midnapore. Your first impulse is to dismiss it as another bizarre fad that “normal” homes like yours are immune to. But if you have a teenage child, or a young brother or sister, perhaps it gives […]

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Suicide in India: Do We Need a New Approach to Prevention?

By Amrita Tripathi India has finally moved to de-criminalise suicide — can we hope that this is a step towards understanding the nature of the issue? With treatment and prevention options long seen through a prism of “Western” best practices, is there a need to take a closer look at some of the factors that […]

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Reporter’s Diary: Male Suicides in India

By Devanik Saha “Men are more vulnerable than women.” “This country is biased against men.” “More Men commit suicides than women.” “Patriarchy affects men more than women. No one talks about suicides by married men, everyone talks only about housewives’ suicides.” These are some of the arguments made by men rights activists and people opposed […]

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