Bengaluru, Aug 19 (IANS) A 24-year-old student in the city-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc) committed suicide fearing that he may have contracted coronavirus after talking to a friend who exhibited some symptoms, an official said on Wednesday."Sandeep, a BTech student from IISc has committed suicide fearing coronavirus infection," confirmed a police official to IANS.Police booked a case of unnatural death under the CrPc and were waiting for the student's parents to arrive.Sandeep met a friend who exhibited some Covid symptoms and later isolated himself, but tested negative for the virus.Following this incident, he sent a mail to his friends conveying his fear that he may have contracted the coronavirus and that he wanted to commit suicide."Sandeep was already known to have depression issues," said the official. Though he mailed this message, his threat was not taken seriously because he had a history of depression.Later on Tuesday, Sandeep was found hanging in his hostel room.The deceased student had joined the IISc in 2019 in the Department of Computational and Data Sciences and hails from Chhattisgarh.--IANSsth/dpb/bg
New York, Aug 1 (IANS) Researchers have found that Google searches for information about financial difficulties and disaster relief have increased sharply compared to the pre-pandemic times while googling related to suicide decreased.Because previous research has shown that financial distress is strongly linked to suicide mortality, the researchers fear that the increase may predict a future increase in deaths from suicide.The findings were published in the journal PLOS One."The scale of the increase in Google searches related to financial distress and disaster relief during the early months of the pandemic was remarkable, so this finding is concerning," said study author Madelyn Gould from the Columbia University Vagelos in the US.Researchers in the US and elsewhere have begun studying the effects of the pandemic on mental health, but the impact on suicidal behaviour and deaths is difficult to assess due to lag time in the availability of mortality data.Previous studies suggest that suicide rates often decrease in the immediate aftermath of national disasters, such as 9/11, but may increase several months later, as seen after the 1918 flu pandemic and the 2003 SARS outbreak in Hong Kong.Studies internationally have linked Google search behaviour with suicidal behaviour, so in the current study, the team evaluated online searches about suicide and suicide risk factors during the early part of the pandemic and potentially long-term impact on suicide.The researchers used an algorithm to analyse Google trends data from March 3, 2019, to April 18, 2020, and identify proportional changes over time in searches for 18 terms related to suicide and known suicide risk factors.They found dramatic relative increases (in the thousands of percentages, in some cases) in Googling search terms related to financial distress -- e.g., "I lost my job", "unemployment", and "furlough" -- and for the national Disaster Distress Helpline.The proportion of queries related to depression was slightly higher than the pre-pandemic period and moderately higher for a panic attack."It seems as though individuals are grappling with the immediate stresses of job loss and isolation and are reaching out to crisis services for help, but the impact on suicidal behaviour hasn't yet manifested," Gould said. "Generally, depression can take longer to develop, whereas panic attacks may be a more immediate reaction to job loss and having to deal with emotionally charged events amidst the social isolation of the pandemic," she noted.--IANSbu/ksk/
Silchar (Assam)/Agartala, July 14 (IANS) A 32-year-old woman, who was in institutional quarantine in Southern Assam's Hailakandi district along with her family on return from Bengaluru, reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself, police said on Monday.The husband of the deceased woman suspects that delay in the sample's report might have caused the suicide. A police official said that the woman was found hanging on Sunday night from the window of the washroom of a government school, which was earlier turned into a quarantine centre.The woman, her husband and their eight-year-old son had returned to Hailakandi from Bengaluru by flight on June 28.Police quoting the health officials said that after their return, swab samples were collected and sent to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital and all of them were put under quarantine.Though the husband and son were tested negative but the test report of the woman was awaited due to the technical reasons. The health officials subsequently (after the suicide) conducted a rapid antigen test of the samples of the deceased woman and the result came negative. For more confirmation, the swab sample of the woman has been sent to Silchar Medical College and Hospital for RT-PCR test.In Agartala, a 50-year-old woman had committed suicide last month inside the Government runs Govind Ballabh Pant Medical College and Hospital in Agartala.Test report of the woman's swab sample was available after her suicide.--IANSsc/rt
Ranchi, June 26 (IANS) The mental depression is proving to more dangerous than coronavirus in Jharkhand these days. If data of suicides is taken into consideration during lockdown and Unlock 1.0, the average of people committing suicide everyday is 5.5.According to data of the state government, 449 people have committed suicide in March, April and upto June 25. In June itself 134 people have committed suicide. One person is committing suicide every 4.50 hours.Psychiatrists say that the depression due to lockdown has made deep impact on minds of the people."During lockdown and Unlock 1.0 around 1,200 people suffering from depression have approached our institute. During lockdown we were getting more than 150 phone calls everyday from people suffering from depression. There were 20 per cent people who had given up hope to live and wanted to end their life," said a doctor at the Central Institute of Psychiatry here.Dr Sanjay Kumar Mandal, a psychiatrist of CIP admitted a large number of people approached the institute during lockdown suffering from depression.In state capital Ranchi, 55 people committed suicide from April 1 to June 25. Psychiatrists say that economic slowdown, fear of losing jobs, unemployment and other factors caused deep depression among people. The sense of insecurity prompted many people to commit suicide. "People were locked inside homes during lockdown which led to rise in disputes among family members, and domestic violence witnessed spurt. These factors promoted many people to commit suicide as they were unable to control their emotions. The right counselling within family could have saved many lives" said psychiatrist Ajay Kumar.--IANSns/kr
Thiruvananthapuram, June 10 (IANS) A 33-year-old man, who had on Tuesday run away from the Covid ward of the hospital and was later brought back, was found hanging in his isolation room, here on Wednesday.He was rushed to the intensive care unit, but couldn't be saved.The man, hailing from Anandu in the capital district suburbs, had ran away from isolation ward after coming to know that he had tested Covid-19 negative. As he reached his home town, anxious locals alerted the authorities and the police took him back to the isolation room.According to the health authorities, he was showing alcohol withdrawal symptoms ever since he turned Covid-19 positive on May 29. He was to be discharged during the day.His body was found hanging by a nurse. The health authorities are making arrangements for his last rites.--IANSsg/pcj
Agartala, June 2 (IANS) A 50-year-old woman Covid-19 patient allegedly committed suicide at the Tripura government-run Govind Ballabh Pant Medical College and Hospital here on Tuesday, a minister said.Briefing the media, Education and Law Minister and government spokesman Ratan Lal Nath said that the woman, suffering from kidney-related ailments, was admitted to the Medical College on Monday and committed suicide early on Tuesday by hanging herself in a washroom, using her scarf."After the death, the report of the swab sample, which was collected on Monday evening, tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday," he said. A West Tripura District administration official said that the woman's body, kept in an airtight three-layered plastic bag, was disinfected and taken to a cemetery at South Ramnagar on the outskirts of the capital and buried there in the presence of close relatives and an Imam.--IANSsc/vd
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