Nagaland is ranked the second State in the country with the least number of suicides committed with 21 cases (0.9%) in 2015, behind Bihar with 0.5%, according to a report published by National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB). In the Northeastern states, NCRB recorded 12,801 (5%) cases from 2001 to 2012.
This was presented by Ruovizokhonuo, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling department of St Joseph’s University, Dimapur. He presented the ‘Suicide Statistical Data’ at the one-day seminar on ‘Awareness about Suicide and Prevention’ commemorating the World Suicide Prevention Week on September 7.
Referring to World Health Organisation (WHO) 2016 research, the professor said, in India, two of every three people are depressed. Comparing the ratio of male and female, he stated that the male rate of suicide was higher in India. According to WHO, Maharashtra recorded the highest suicide cases with 16,307, followed by Tamil Nadu with 16,122, West Bengal with 14,310, Karnataka with 10,945, and Telengana with 9,623.
On the psychological factors, Assistant Professor Beni Seb underlined that stressful life events may be due to loss, abuse and chronic physical illness, which drives a person to be suicidal. Seb further informed that the contributing factors that lead to suicidal tendencies among youth include peer abuse, low academic achievement, etc. ‘The role of media such as social comparison, body image and blue whale challenge game are also responsible for suicide cases among youth.’