Every year, over one lakh people (1,00,000) die by suicide in India. In fact, as per data collated by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the last decade (2002-2012) saw the suicide rate in the country increase by 22.7 per cent.
The causes for suicides vary across cultures and sections of society, but we must keep in mind that suicide is the most preventable cause of death. Attempts at suicide are often a cry for help, and are increasingly being viewed as a psychological emergency. The responsibility to avert suicides lies with us, the community.
For every one person who dies by suicide, the impact of the death is felt by family, friends, co-workers and several people known to the deceased. In this section, we seek to understand the act of suicide and how each of us has a role to play in preventing these deaths.