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Mental Health Day: Is your loved one at risk of suicide?

Last updated on: October 10, 2018 10:01 IST

Many factors lead to suicidal thoughts -- family issues, unemployment, financial troubles, mental health, drug addictions, pressures from school/college or work.
On World Mental Health Day, October 10, Anna Chandy lists the warning signs.

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Photograph: Kind courtesy Deepika Padukone/Instagram

In 2016, suicide was the cause of 230,314 deaths in India.

There has been a 17.3 per cent increase in the suicide rate between 2005 to 2015.

India has one of the highest suicide rates in the world with a large number of adult suicide deaths occurring between the ages of 15 to 29.

There are many factors that lead to suicidal thoughts such as family issues, unemployment, financial trouble, mental health, drug addictions, pressures from school or work.

Of all these factors, mental health problems are most likely to go unnoticed making them a silent threat.

Suffering with mental illness can take a huge toll on a person. And it is not easy to go through it alone.

Many who suffer with poor mental health face suicidal thoughts while trying to cope.

In India, we are still overcoming the stigma associated with getting help for mental illness.

Therefore, it is crucial to spread awareness and educate people on the benefits of getting treatment for these issues.

Providing people with proper facilities and resources to combat poor mental health can make a difference and save lives.

Below are some signs that people knowingly or unknowingly display while struggling with suicidal thoughts:

Supporting a loved one during this time can be challenging because the situation is very delicate and must be handled with care.

Below are some suggestions on what you can do to help someone who is at risk of committing suicide:

Kindly note: Lead image has been published only for representational purposes.

Anna Chandy is chairperson, board of trustees, The Live Love Laugh Foundation.

Anna Chandy