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Post at: Aug 13 2021

Over 24,000 Children Died By Suicide: NCRB

Recent Context

  • The consolidated data of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on children’s suicide was recently presented in Parliament in August, 2021.

Key Findings of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)

  • Over 24,000 children in the age bracket of 14-18 years died by suicide from 2017-19.
    • Including 13,325 girls, aged 14-18 years, died by suicide between 2017-19.
  • In 2017, as many as 8,029 children in the age group of 14-18 years died by suicide. 
    • The number rose to 8,162 in 2018 and then further increased to 8,377 in 2019.

Raising Concerns

  • Raising alarm over the probability of worsening of the situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 
      • Child rights activists stressed on inclusion of life skill training in the school curriculum and making mental health part of mainstream healthcare and wellness agenda. 
  • Issues related to mental health and the psycho-social well-being of children and adolescents have increasingly become a crucial health and development priority.
      • All children and adolescents have a right to quality mental healthcare and psycho-social support mechanisms, and ensuring their mental well-being can go a long way in helping them grow to their full potential and become productive members of the society.

Way Forward

  • The government, civil society, communities and families should come forward and join hands in contributing a robust mechanism towards prevention, therapy, treatment, rehabilitation services and inclusion of life skill training in school curriculum to help children and young adults deal with daily life stress and ensure that mental health becomes part of mainstream healthcare and wellness agenda, especially in such testing times.

Conclusion

  • In the age of the internet without the necessary information, self-efficacy, and support from a strong professional and personal ecosystem children are struggling to both understand and cope with and manage the multiple pressures and expectations.
  • The pressure on children has grown by leaps and bounds and not enough effort has been made to help them see through it with timely professional services and support and mitigate its worst fallouts.

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