Bengaluru, April 24 (IANS) A 61-year-old Covid patient has committed suicide at a hospital here, the police said on Saturday.According to the police, the deceased is identified as Ramanna, a resident of Anjana Nagar, Sunkadakatte of Bengaluru.The police said that the deceased died by hanging in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of private 50-bed Hospital in Vijayanagar which has three ventilators.The police said that the prima facie investigations reveal that he committed suicide by hanging.The police claimed they have not recovered any suicide note yet and exact reasons for victim taking such extreme step are still not known. "The family members claim that he was depressed, however, hospital staff claim that he 'appeared' to be cheerful before 11.30 p.m. (on Friday) when he was attended last by the hospital staff," the police said.The police added that when the hospital attendee again approached at around 1 a.m. to administer his health status, the staff found that his room was locked from inside and when it was forced open, he was found hanging.The police said that the hospital is claiming that he was on a recovery path and responding to the medicines quite well and the hospital had also informed him that he would be shifted from ICU to the general ward on Friday morning or evening.He was admitted on April 20 with severe breathlessness, and he was directly admitted to the ICU. The hospital staff claim they found him 'normal' till he locked himself.The police have registered a case and an investigation is underway.--IANSnbh/pgh
New York, Nov 6 (IANS) Scientists including two of Indian origin have used machine learning (ML) to analyse more than 800,000 Reddit posts and found that users anxiety and suicide risk levels are rising, among other negative trends, in the pandemic.The ML models helped identify changes in the tone and content of language that people used as the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic progressed.The team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University showed they can track the pandemic's impact on mental health by analysing the language that people use to express their anxiety online."We found that there were these natural clusters that emerged related to suicidality and loneliness, and the amount of posts in these clusters more than doubled during the pandemic as compared to the same months of the preceding year, which is a grave concern," said Daniel Low from Harvard and MIT and the lead author of the study.The analysis revealed varying impacts on people who already suffer from different types of mental illness. "When the mental health needs of so many in our society are inadequately met, even at baseline, we wanted to bring attention to the ways that many people are suffering during this time, in order to amplify and inform the allocation of resources to support them," says Laurie Rumker, a graduate student in the Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics PhD Program at Harvard and one of the authors of the study.Satrajit Ghosh, a principal research scientist at MIT's McGovern Institute for Brain Research, is the senior author of the study published in the Journal of Internet Medical Research. The researchers analysed posts from 15 sub-reddit groups devoted to a variety of mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder. Using several types of natural language processing algorithms, the researchers measured the frequency of words associated with topics such as anxiety, death, isolation, and substance abuse, and grouped posts together based on similarities in the language used. The researchers found that while people in most of the support groups began posting about Covid-19 in March, the group devoted to health anxiety started much earlier in January. They also discovered that the mental health groups affected the most negatively early in the pandemic were those related to ADHD and eating disorders. The researchers also found the introduction of new topics specifically seeking mental health help or social interaction. "The topics within these subreddit support groups were shifting a bit, as people were trying to adapt to a new life and focus on how they can go about getting more help if needed," said Talkar.The researchers now plan to apply this approach to study whether posts on Reddit and other social media sites can be used to detect mental health disorders.The findings could help psychiatrists, or potentially moderators of the Reddit forums that were studied, to better identify and help people whose mental health is suffering, the researchers said.--IANSna/
Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh), Sep 7 (IANS) A head constable, who had tested positive for Covid-19, has allegedly killed himself by jumping out from a fifth-floor window of the Teerthanker Mahaveer Medical College and Research Centre (TMU).The incident, which happened on Sunday, was caught on CCTV where the constable, who was earlier posted at a complaint cell of Moradabad SSP office, can be seen lunging from the window before jumping out.According to police, the constable had Covid-like symptoms last month. He was admitted to the TMU's corona ward on September 4 after having tested positive for Covid.The hospital staff said that he was under a 'lot of stress and even had arguments with the hospital staff'.Moradabad Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Prabhakar Chaudhary said, "Prima facie it seems to be a case of suicide but we are waiting for the autopsy report."The policeman was a native of Badaun, but was living in Moradabad's Hanuman Nagar. His family lives in Subhash Nagar area of Bareilly.Earlier, two patients, one of them a woman, had committed suicide in a similar manner after testing positive for Covid."It is worrying that suicide cases of Covid-19 positive patients are being reported from TMU. We are scanning the CCTV footage. A separate magisterial inquiry has been ordered to probe this matter," the SSP said.The university has been served a notice under section 149 of CrPC to ensure prevention of cognizable offence in future and ensure proper monitoring.Nodal officer of Covid-19 care centre in Moradabad, Dr. V. K. Singh, said, "The head constable, who was admitted to the Covid facility here on September 4, was suffering from stress. He had even indulged in scuffles and arguments with the hospital staff and was given counselling by doctors. However, it is unfortunate that he decided to end his life despite the best efforts being made by the hospital staff.""As a precautionary measure, windows will now have iron grills for better security of the patients. So far, over 2,600 Covid positive patients from Bijnor, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur and Amroha districts have been treated at the L-3 Covid centre of TMU. Of these, as many as 2,200 patients have successfully recovered and discharged," Singh added.--IANSamita/dpb
London - Workers who have been exposed to sexual harassment at their workplace were at a greater risk of suicide and attempting suicide, warn researchers.
The findings published in the journal 'The BMJ' suggests that workplace interventions focusing on the social side of the work environment could help reduce suicides. The "Me Too" movement has brought a lot of attention to work-related sexual harassment in recent years and the impact it can have on businesses and society, but most importantly on individuals.
While previous research has found that sexual harassment at the workplace is linked to physical health symptoms and poorer mental health such as psychological distress, depression, and anxiety, little research has been carried out on its impact on suicidal behaviour. So a team of researchers from Stockholm University in Sweden set out to determine how exposure to workplace sexual harassment is associated with suicidal behaviour in a large population of Swedish workers.
The study included 85,205 men and women of working age in paid work who completed a questionnaire between 1995 and 2013 which included questions about exposure to work-related sexual harassment. Workers were asked if they had been subjected to sexual harassment at their workplace in the past 12 months either from superiors or fellow workers or from "other people", such as patients, clients, passengers and students.
Any suicides or suicide attempts by these workers over an average follow up period of 13 years were identified from administrative registers. Overall, 4.8 per cent of the workers reported workplace sexual harassment during the previous 12 months: 1.9 per cent of all men and 7.5 per cent of all women. The findings showed that those exposed were more likely to be younger, single, divorced, and in low paid but high strain jobs (high demands but low control), and born outside of Europe.
After adjusting for sociodemographic factors, exposure to workplace sexual harassment was found to be associated with a 2.82 times greater risk of suicide and 1.59 times greater risk of attempted suicide. Sexual harassment from others was found to be more strongly associated with suicide than sexual harassment from superiors or fellow workers.
"More research is needed to determine causality and risk factors for workplace sexual harassment and the mechanisms explaining the association between work-related sexual harassment and suicidal behaviour, the study authors wrote. (ians)
Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh), Aug 31 (IANS) A Samajwadi Party (SP) worker, who escaped from the Covid-19 ward of a hospital here, allegedly jumped to his death from an overbridge.Station House Officer, Bhojipura police station, Manoj Tyagi said Raman Jauhari,40, a district-level SP leader, had escaped from the hospital on Saturday evening and his body was found under the overbridge on Sunday.Jauhari was admitted to a private hospital after he tested positive for Covid-19 on August 25.The hospital had informed police on Saturday that the patient fled by breaking the glass of a window.A case has been registered in this regard and an investigation is underway, the SHO said.--IANSamita/dpb
Ranchi, Aug 22 (IANS) A coronavirus positive patient committed suicide in a Ranchi hospital on Saturday, the police said.According to the police, Umesh Kumar committed suicide by hanging himself from the staircase railing at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi. He used a towel to hang himself. Umesh was a resident of Gawah district.He was brought to RIMS for treatment on August 4. According to the police, he was distressed for the last few days and would not talk to any other patient. When the other patients were sleeping, he came out from the Covid-19 ward and hanged himself from the railing of the staircase. The body has been sent for post-mortem.According to police data, four to five persons have committed suicide daily in Jharkhand since a lockdown was imposed in March this year.--IANSns/khz/bg
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