Gonda (UP), May 22 (IANS) A 24-year-old man, who had returned from returned from Delhi with his wife on May 15 and was in home-isolation, committed suicide by hanging on Thursday.The incident took place in Bhamaura village in Umri Begumganj area.SHO Atul Chaturvedi said that couple was living in a hut outside the village and the man hanged himself after an argument with his wife. The wife had gone out when the man hanged himself.The SHO said that their family house was rather small and the couple had set up a makeshift hut for the quarantine period.The body has been sent for postmortem, he said.Former village head Brij Bihari Tiwari said that the man was from a poor family and was in depression due to financial crisis.--IANSamita/rs/
London, May 21 (IANS) The vast majority of young people who self-harm or experience suicidal thoughts appear to have only mild or moderate mental distress, according to researchers.Measures to reduce suicide risk in young people should focus on the whole population, not just those who are most distressed, depressed or anxious, said Cambridge University researchers during Mental Health Awareness week."It appears that self-harm and suicidal thinking among young people dramatically increases well within the normal or non-clinical range of mental distress," said study senior author Peter Jones from Cambridge University in the UK.The findings, published in the BMJ Open, show that public policy strategies to reduce suicide should support better mental health for all young people, not only those who are most unwell.Previous studies have suggested that a broad range of mental health problems like depression anxiety, and low self-esteem can be measured together as levels of common mental distress (CMD).In the current study, the research team used a series of questionnaires to analyse common mental distress in two large groups of young people between the ages of 14 and 24.They also collected self-reported data on suicidal thinking and non-suicidal self-injury, both predictive markers for increased risk of suicide.CMD scores increase in three significant increments above the population average: mild mental distress, followed by moderate, and finally severe distress and beyond - which often manifests as a diagnosable mental health disorder.The findings showed that those with severe mental distress came out highest for risk of suicide.However, the majority of all participants experiencing suicidal thoughts or self-harming - 78 per cent and 76 per cent respectively in the first sample, 66 per cent and 71 per cent in the second-ranked as having either mild or moderate levels of mental distress."It is well known that for many physical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, small improvements in the risks of the overall population translate into more lives saved, rather than focusing only on those at extremely high risk," said Jones."This is called the 'prevention paradox', and we believe our study is the first evidence that mental health could be viewed in the same way. We need both public health and a clinical approach to suicide risk," the researchers noted.Meanwhile, a recent study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, revealed that COVID-19 pandemic may cause serious physical and mental health problems.--IANSbu/na
Canberra, May 7 (IANS) Australia's suicide rate could increase by as much as 50 per cent as the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic were taking their toll on people's mental health, experts predicted on Thursday.In a joint statement, a group of Australian mental health experts warned that the impact of the COVID-19 on the economy and more broadly, could cause an extra 1,500 suicides per year on top of the current 3,000 plus annually -- a 50-per cent increase, reports Xinhua news agency.Among those increased cases, it is likely around 30 per cent will be young people aged between 15 to 25 years and the number could increase even more if Australia's economy deteriorated even further.Such a death rate could turn out to be well above the number of deaths directly attributed to the COVID-19 and could last for five years if the current economic downturn is longer than 12 months."The impacts of unemployment will be greatest among the young, those who live in rural and regional Australia, and those areas hardest hit by job losses will not recover quickly," co-director of University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre (BMC) Professor Ian Hickie said.Hickie and other experts called for immediate action, long-term investment and modelling on mental health to address the issue and help Australia transition out of the pandemic. As of Thursday, there were a total of 6,894 COVID-19 cases in Australia, with 97 deaths.--IANSksk/
Bengaluru, April 27 (IANS) A 50-year-old man infected with the novel coronavirus committed suicide by jumping off a building here, police said on Monday.According to the health department, the man was suffering from Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI).Deputy Commissioner of Police Rohini Katoch Sepat said the 466th positive case was on dialysis for the past few years and was also suffering from kidney ailments.He was a resident of Tilaknagar in Bengaluru and his Covid positive status surfaced on Friday, Sepat added.--IANSsth/sdr/
Noida, April 26 (IANS) A 65-year-old man on Sunday committed suicide here by jumping off the ninth floor of a building, police said.A police officer told IANS the man was suffering from diabetes for a long time due to which he remained stressed. The incident took place in the Bisrakh area around 10 a.m. The police have sent the body for post-mortem. Further investigation would be done on the basis of the family members' statements, a police officer said. --IANShindi-pgh
New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has issued a notice to the Delhi Police and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) over the alleged suicide attempt by a female resident doctor of AIIMS.The doctor attempted to commit suicide on Friday due to alleged sexual harassment and caste discrimination. She is undergoing treatment at AIIMS currently.In its notice to the Delhi Police, the commission asked the law enforcement agency to submit a detailed status report of the investigation by April 25 and also provide a timeline by which the police will conclude its probe into the case.In its notice to the hospital, the commission asked the authorities to submit the copies of the complaints made by the victim, and provide a detailed action taken report on complaints.The commission also asked AIIMS to state "whether the matter was dealt by the internal complaint committee. If not, please provide the reasons for the same. If yes, please provide the report of the committee."The Resident Doctors' Association of AIIMS had on Sunday written to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan over the caste and gender-based harassment of the doctor at the institute.Earlier in the day, the National Commission for Women (NCW) too took cognizance of the alleged suicide attempt by the lady doctor.The NCW wrote to Health Secretary Preeti Sudan, stating that the commission has taken cognizance of the incident. It asked for an immediate inquiry and sought details of the action being taken in the case, and said the report should be sent at the earliest to the commission."The National Commission for Women is concerned in the matter, and requests that inquiry should be done in the alleged harassment case, and action be taken to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future. Further, measures should be taken to ensure safety and security of women staff and doctors in all AIIMS departments," the NCW said.--IANSanb/arm
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