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10 September, 2019 09:56:44 AM

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Suicide incidents on the rise in Rajshahi, Barishal

WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY
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Suicide incidents on the rise in Rajshahi, Barishal

Suicide cases are on the rise in Rajshahi and Barishal district. Experts have pointed out several reasons behind this alarming rise.

The main identified causes are frustration, failed relationships, inability to share one’s views, inability to achieve good results in public exams, strict family control, pressure from teachers, poverty, inability to get expected jobs, torture by husband, being rebuked by parents, or being bullied or insulted by others. Young men and women in the age group of 15–35 years are especially prone to committing suicide.

It has been found that women are prone to committing suicide than men.

Rajhshahi Medical College and Hospital sources say that 160 people died after attempting suicide in the last nine months, 233 in 2018, 252 in 2017,183 in 2016 and 142 in 2015. They died in the hospital while undergoing treatment.

Sources say 25 died in January, 33 in February, 29 in March, 10 in April, 23 June, 19 in July and 21 in August in different private hospitals in Rajshahi.

Experts say teachers and guardians can play a crucial role in providing a safe space for students and children. Though some educational institutions have educational counsellors or mental health support centres, most students avoid seeking help in fear of further stigma from their peers.

“Many children die by suicide following such incidents. Not everyone has the same ability to absorb mental pressure. Many of them may not resort to suicide but still get hurt—this affects them for a long time. Many parents consider good grades as the key to success. So, they keep their children busy studying most of the time. Teachers also put pressure on students,” one expert says.

Experts suggest a boost to the anti-suicide campaign in the country.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), some of the warning signs of suicide are-- threatening to kill oneself; making indirect statements such as “no one will miss me when I am gone” or referring to death as a place to go; looking for ways to kill oneself (e.g. seeking access to pills, firearms, pesticides); describing suicide as a solution to a problem; giving away valued possessions; saying goodbye to close friends or family members.

A doctor of the clinical physiology department at RMC said many cases of suicides in Rajshahi were due to negligence on the part of family members and teachers.

Dr Enamul Hoque, head of the physiology department, said, “Changes in social and economic situations, weak family bonding, inability to achieve good results in public exams, peer pressure, poverty, and marriage troubles are some of the main causes behind suicides.”

Suicides in Barishal

Staff reporter adds from Barishal: The rising cases of suicide in Barishal could mainly be attributed to frustration, misuse of social media and failed affairs.

Barishal Metropolitan Police (BMP) police commissioner Shahabuddin Khan and Barishal police superintendent Saiful Islam said only strong family relationships could prevent suicides.

Barishal district police sources say a total 373 people committed suicide in Barishal district and the Barishal metropolitan area from January 1, 2017 to September 7, 2019.

During that time, a total 101 people committed suicide in the Barishal metropolitan area. The number is double compared to the previous 32 months’ record. Police and forensic department sources of the SBMCH said that most suicides were due to failed relationships.

JU lacks awareness programmes

Our correspondent, JU adds: The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and World Health Organisation (WHO) jointly hosts World Suicide Prevention Day around the world since 2003. But there are hardly initiatives to observe the day on the Jahangirnagar University (JU) premises.

Ifrat Jahan, a psychologist at the JU Student Counseling Centre, said, “We are not able to arrange any programme on September 10 as all the teachers are busy with the admission tests at this time of the year.”

“When a student in the university suffers from depression, the person is brought to us and we try to relieve him/her of depression,” she added.

A report reveals that five JU students committed suicide in last decade. Depression caused by broken relationships was found to be the main cause.

Another psychologist, Shubhashish Kumar Chatterjee, said, “Broken relationships cause immense distress to young students. So, they often choose to commit suicide. We have resolved around 800 such cases on the campus in the last five years.”  

The frustration among students was giving rise to the use of narcotics, such as yaba, marijuana, heroin, and morphine, on the campus.  They aggravate the feeling of depression, the psychologist said.

JU acting Registrar Rahima Kaniz said, “We think the university-level students are mature enough. It is impossible to monitor the activities of 16,000 students.”

BK

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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