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World Suicide Prevention Day!
By S Mukhtar

“Yes please.”

“10 September is over. Not a single candle I saw flaming near a window 8 p.m. that day…how bad!”

“What…what bad?”

“10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day: Show your support for the Day: By flaming a candle near a window at 8 p.m.: Good commandment: But bad compliance!”

“O I remember. This 10 September 2012 was the 10th World Suicide Prevention Day.”

“Uncle, – who host the programme?”

“International Association for Suicide Prevention, World Health Organization, and World Federation for Mental Health together do it: 2011 had them 40 countries partaking.”

“But Uncle…is suicides that grave a matter?”

“O horrible! Horrendous! Take a worldview. Everyday around 3000 people commit suicide, more than 20 times that number attempt it. Suicide attempts by females are about three times those by males, but suicide deaths of males are about three times those of females. World Health Organisation indicates that about 1 million people commit suicide each year, which means 1 suicide every 40 seconds. Overall, suicide deaths exceed those by homicide and war together. About 5% of world population attempt suicide at least once in their life. At least 100,000 adolescents commit suicide every year, and suicide is the second biggest cause of death among 15-19 year olds. Suicide rates are high among the middle-aged and highest among septuagenarians and older. In some countries over the last some years suicide rates have increased by 60%.”

“Uncle, how about India?”

“In India, says a British medical journal The Lancet, suicide claims twice as many lives as the dreaded HIV-AIDS does, 1.87 lakh persons committed suicide in 2010, suicide has been the second-leading cause of death among the young, suicide has been more common in educated persons – the risk 43% higher in males who had finished secondary or higher education yet 90% higher in similar females, and suicide may soon become, maternal death rate declining, the leading cause of death among young females.”

“And Uncle, how about our State?”

“In 2011, SKIMS received 107 cases of attempted suicide – 3 male, 18 female, and 1 boy died. Same year again, SMHS had 21 suicide deaths – it gets more than 77 suicide cases every month. ‘Many people attempt suicide but all are not reported by media,’ adds prominent psychiatrist, Dr Mushtaq Margoob.”

“Uncle, more than 60,000 persons attempting suicide every day, females’ suicide attempts about three times those by males, around 100,000 adolescents committing suicide every year, overall 1 suicide every 40 seconds, and in some countries suicide rates over the last some years having increased by 60% – Uncle, what all is this? And blame whose?”


“Uncle, not of the world’s uncrowned kings – Politicians? Uncle Great, not 10 September alone but every 8 p.m. keep not a candle but a torchwood burning safely at their door. May their frozen hearts be warmed to human compassion!”

News Updated at : Monday, September 17, 2012
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