Friday, March 16, 2007

Nearly 75,000 suicides in India yearly

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In a startling revelation Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss has said that nearly 75,000 people commit suicide in India every year for varied reasons, including mental disorder. That comes out to be around 200 people committing suicides in a single day all through the year.

'Suicide in India is a major threat and nearly 75,000 people commit suicide every year. Poverty, debt, illiteracy and mental imbalance are the main reasons for this menace,' Ramadoss said. As per him, 'Seven to eight percent of the Indian population is facing some sort of mental problem, of which over 1.5 percent (15 million) needs special care.

Portraying a grim picture of the little understood world of mental health, the minister said mental illness was the cause of about l00,000 people trying to commit suicide in the country each year.

According to statistics available with the ministry of social justice and empowerment, there are over 900,000 females in India who need treatment for mental illness.

Of these nearly 280,000 fall in the age group 10-29 and nearly 250,000 in the age group 30-50.

Older men commit suicide more than younger men. However, more women who commit suicide were below 30 years or above 65 years of age. Read more.......Nearly 75,000 people commit suicide yearly in India

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