Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the stay-at-home measures and disruptions to daily life that aimed to reduce the expanse of the virus and save lives led many public health specialists to worry that the nation also could see an uptick in suicides, drug overdoses, and domestic violence. Ten months later, those grim predictions look like they're coming true.
It is found that job loss or fear of it, stress, isolation/loneliness, and financial insecurity were people’s top concerns. Nearly 30% of therapists have said that there has been an increase in self-harm as well as suicidal ideation or a death wish post the outbreak. 6 out of 10 therapists say that individuals who had recovered or were recovering, have now relapsed.
Before the pandemic hit, we celebrated Suicide Prevention Day in September 2019 at the Sakipur village school with the team of Galgotia University. The students of the University performed a Nukkad Natak on Suicide ideation and its impact on individuals. The most important thing to prevent suicide is to seek help, our team provided Suicide helpline numbers and nearby therapists who could help the people pass through tough times before it is too late.
In India, suicide prevention is more of a social and public health objective than a traditional exercise in the mental health sector. The time is ripe for mental health professionals to adopt proactive and leadership roles in suicide prevention and save the lives of thousands of young Indians.