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May 18, 2020 |

Two decades ago Jammu Kashmir had the lowest suicide rate in the sub-continent. However, twenty-five years of turmoil has changed the picture exponentially. On August 22 last year five suicides were reported from Kashmir.
Independent studies suggest suicide is becoming the second common cause of unnatural death in the Valley. A study conducted by the Department of Psychiatry, GMC Srinagar reveals that on an average 3.5 persons report daily to SMHS causality with suicide, para- suicide and deliberate self harm (DSH) from last 3 years. Most of the people who complete suicide are males of the age group 25 – 34. However, most of the attempts are made by female, 4 times para suicides and 7 times more deliberate self harm. Suicide attempts by women are mostly a cry for help. This is what a Valley based social scientist says. According to him among women it was mostly para-suicide as they attempt suicide but rarely complete it. But the statistics of the past few months prove the expert partly wrong. Two women take the extreme step on an average basis in the conflict torn Valley, reports suggest. The conflict definitely has had a toll on mental health in Kashmir but the reasons for recent suicides especially by women reflect disorganization of both the individual and society in Kashmir. The experts give several reasons ranging from failure in a love affair to unemployment for this unfortunate trend. Sometimes the reasons are too trivial to justify an emotional response. Remedial measures ranging from providing a support system to involvement of the clergy have been suggested. A student of 11th standard ended his following severe scolding by his parents for getting 91% marks in the term examination. He had secured 93% in the previous term. But when the parents realized their mistake, it was too late. A medical student inflicted a superficial wound on her wrist to force her parents to accept her boyfriend. The frightened parents had to give in. Later, she told her friends how she ensured to keep the blood vessels beneath the skin intact. The experts attribute the rising suicidal tendency to psychosocial factors like traumatic stress, poverty, unemployment to completed suicide in males while domestic violence, multiple traumas, is associated with female sex. They further say that the declining religious values, lack of religious education, nuclearization of families, and ever increasing expectation of performing, unemployment are interacting with chronic conflict stress and ever increasing mental health problems to create a health problem of the magnitude that needs urgent and emergency attention.

 

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Take Preventive Measures

May 18, 2020 |

Two decades ago Jammu Kashmir had the lowest suicide rate in the sub-continent. However, twenty-five years of turmoil has changed the picture exponentially. On August 22 last year five suicides were reported from Kashmir.
Independent studies suggest suicide is becoming the second common cause of unnatural death in the Valley. A study conducted by the Department of Psychiatry, GMC Srinagar reveals that on an average 3.5 persons report daily to SMHS causality with suicide, para- suicide and deliberate self harm (DSH) from last 3 years. Most of the people who complete suicide are males of the age group 25 – 34. However, most of the attempts are made by female, 4 times para suicides and 7 times more deliberate self harm. Suicide attempts by women are mostly a cry for help. This is what a Valley based social scientist says. According to him among women it was mostly para-suicide as they attempt suicide but rarely complete it. But the statistics of the past few months prove the expert partly wrong. Two women take the extreme step on an average basis in the conflict torn Valley, reports suggest. The conflict definitely has had a toll on mental health in Kashmir but the reasons for recent suicides especially by women reflect disorganization of both the individual and society in Kashmir. The experts give several reasons ranging from failure in a love affair to unemployment for this unfortunate trend. Sometimes the reasons are too trivial to justify an emotional response. Remedial measures ranging from providing a support system to involvement of the clergy have been suggested. A student of 11th standard ended his following severe scolding by his parents for getting 91% marks in the term examination. He had secured 93% in the previous term. But when the parents realized their mistake, it was too late. A medical student inflicted a superficial wound on her wrist to force her parents to accept her boyfriend. The frightened parents had to give in. Later, she told her friends how she ensured to keep the blood vessels beneath the skin intact. The experts attribute the rising suicidal tendency to psychosocial factors like traumatic stress, poverty, unemployment to completed suicide in males while domestic violence, multiple traumas, is associated with female sex. They further say that the declining religious values, lack of religious education, nuclearization of families, and ever increasing expectation of performing, unemployment are interacting with chronic conflict stress and ever increasing mental health problems to create a health problem of the magnitude that needs urgent and emergency attention.

 


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Owner, Printer, Publisher, Editor: Farooq Ahmad Wani
Legal Advisor: M.J. Hubi
Printed at: Abid Enterprizes, Zainkote Srinagar
Published from: Gulshanabad Chraresharief Budgam
RNI No.: JKENG/2010/33802
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Postal Regd No: SK/135/2010-2019
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