Skip to content

Every two minutes, an Indian commits suicide, new WHO study reveals

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
9/4/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (

1/3 of all suicides are occurring in India

Every 40 seconds a person commits suicides, and a decade long study conduced by the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that every third suicide in the world takes place in India.

A new study from the World Health Organization has revealed that a third of all suicides in the world take place in India.

A new study from the World Health Organization has revealed that a third of all suicides in the world take place in India.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (
9/4/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: India, Health, Suicide, International, Asia, Pacific

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The WHO believes that in 2012 alone, 250,000 people killed themselves in India, though the Indian government's estimate is significantly lower.

It may be all you can do, but no one deserves to be alone in their darkest hours.

Young people appear to be the most vulnerable-most suicides in India were committed by those between 15-29 years. Men killed themselves more frequently than women.

"There are indications that for each adult who died of suicide there may have been more than 20 others attempting suicide," said Shekhar Saxena, who heads the organization's Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Geneva and authored the study.

"It is an extremely serious problem and it is likely to increase in future because of materialism coming into society. Social disparity, economic disparity, educational disparity, access to health care is limited and many other reasons all lead to this problem," said Professor MC Misra, Director at the country's premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences. "Recently my own sister's daughter committed suicide for no reason."

He cautioned, "We need to be very proactive in our approach to identify the symptoms because if somebody has attempted suicide once it is likely that he or she will do it again."

Most suicides are preventable, the WHO believes. The organization says that the first steps India should take to lower suicide rates is to decriminalize attempted suicides. Currently, the survivor of an attempted suicide can be arrested and detained in jail for a year.

Dr. Vikram Patel, a psychiatrist with the Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi says, "Making suicides a health care priority will help since a lot of young Indians are killing themselves and more so in relatively affluent states like Punjab, Kerala and Tamil Nadu."


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'

Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for FEBRUARY 2018
Say 'No' to Corruption.
That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.


More Health

Stem cell study provides new hope for MS patients Watch

Image of

A new study involving patients in four countries has discovered that stem cells may stop multiple sclerosis and can even relieve symptoms. ... continue reading

World Health Organization warns of 'Disease X' which could kill billions Watch

Image of Disease X is out there, and it is just a matter of time.

Doctors from the World Health Organization have added a new disease to their list of potential pandemics, Disease X. The illness is ... continue reading

Are opioids no better than other painkillers? Here's why Watch

Image of Opioid painkillers are dangerous, and researchers are seeking ways we can reduce dependence on them.

Americans have been conditioned to fear and avoid pain at all costs. As a result, we now suffer from an opioid crisis which has tens of ... continue reading

The Secret Behind Depression Watch

Image of 43.8 million people will experience mental illness each year.

Detecting depression caused by untreated childhood trauma may not always be easy, as memories can be blocked for childhood trauma. In fact, ... continue reading

Are your cleaning products making you sick? Watch

Image of According to one study, regular use of cleaning supplies can be the same as smoking a pack of cigarettes per day.

Could your cleaning supplies be making you sick? A new study suggests they are, after finding that women who use household cleaning ... continue reading

Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.