Suicides — Desperation or Escapism? Stray Incidents like suicides have become so rampant these days especially among the Indian teens and the ‘Kisans’ — the farmers. India the largest democratic country, having the largest youth population in the world, and also having an economy based on agriculture has become the suicide capital of the world. It is an alarming fact that teen suicides are increasing among the Indian youth, shaking the very foundations of human existence. Researches show that out of every three cases of suicide reported every 15 minutes in India, one is committed by a youth in the age group of 15 to 29. The rate of suicide for this age group has nearly tripled since 1960.
NCRB data shows highest incidents of farmer suicides were reported from Maharashtra, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh. Those who committed suicide were prone to issues like indebtedness, crop failure and illness, low productivity, climatic stresses and lack of support. Here it needs to be understood that lack of health care facilities can also become a reason for illness suicides which is resultant of affordability and accessibility.
The youth needs adult guidance more than ever to understand all the emotional and physical changes they are experiencing. When teens’ moods disrupt their ability to function on a day-to day basis, it may indicate a serious emotional disorder that needs attention — adolescent depression. Teens have this inimitable quality of burying their emotions within themselves till they reach bursting point and commit irrational acts. It is a fact that if teens shared their problems half of the suicides could be prevented. Most of the problems faced by teens are grossly exaggerated in their emotionally wrought state. None of them are grave enough to lose a life over. If this is recognized and understood teenage suicide can be eliminated to a large extent.
If it is you who is harbouring thoughts of suicide, don’t be ashamed. All of us think of ending our life one time or another. Talk to a parent, a friend or someone you trust about your feelings, call a help line and speak out. The most important thing is to “ASK FOR HELP”, you are worth it!