Thursday, June 22, 2017

Suicides -Overview

In recent years, suicides have emerged as a major public health problem in India resulting in death of nearly 150000 persons every year.  The number of attempted suicides is likely to be 10 to 20 times higher and those with suicidal ideations or behaviours are not known.  The causation of suicides is multi-factorial and complex requiring careful delineation of modifiable risk factors. Suicide prevention policies and programmes that are scientific, cost effective and sustainable is the need of the hour.