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#JamesDonaldsononMentalHealth – Why Does #India Account for 37 Percent Of #Female Suicides?

Attempting #suicide was decriminalized in #India in 2017, but experts say more needs to be done to challenge #stigma.by Fahrinisa Campana

In 2016, suicide was the ninth leading cause of deaths in India; image for illustrative purposes only [File: Adnan Abidi/Reuters]
In 2016, suicide was the ninth leading cause of deaths in India; image for illustrative purposes only [File: Adnan Abidi/Reuters]

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Mumbai, India – Nyana Sabharwal was 13 years old when she lost her mother to #suicide.

Having struggled with alcoholism and what Sabharwal now understands was an undiagnosed #mentalillness, her mother had hanged herself while everyone else was asleep.

Her mother had told her, on several occasions, that she wanted to take her own life.

“I knew growing up that my mother was thinking of #suicide, I just didn’t know what I should be doing about it as a child,” she says.

Growing up, Sabharwal was her mother’s primary caregiver.

“It was difficult because I didn’t know really what was the right thing to do and how to take care of my mum.

“As a child, you don’t recognize what suffering is because you look up to your parents as these people who are supposed to be perfect.”

#JamesDonaldson notes:

 

Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for #mentalhealthawarenessandsuicideprevention, especially pertaining to our younger generation of students and student-athletes.

Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.

Having gone through a recent bout of #depression and #suicidalthoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.  #http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle

Most evenings, Sabharwal would follow her mother around the house, making sure she didn’t drink too much or hurt herself, until she finally went to bed. She would then finish her schoolwork.

The next morning, she would head off to school worrying about what she might face upon her return.

“Every day when I came back from school, I wondered whether my mum would be there and whether she would be sober or not. I think that my childhood was an extremely difficult time of my life.”

In the years after her mother’s death, Sabharwal attempted suicide twice.

It wasn’t until much later, as an adult, she finally understood her mother’s struggle.

“Only now I’ve started to understand what she went through, but I could only understand it as a woman and not as a child,” she says.

In January 2018, Sabharwal and a friend, who also lost her father to suicide, cofounded We Hear You, a support group.

“When we started talking, we realized how easy it was to talk to somebody who had experienced the same loss, and that it was easier to understand this kind of pain and [these] experiences, the emotions and the manifestation of them.”

The group, now 20 members strong, meets on the first Tuesday of every month to support each other through their personal journeys of healing.

37 percent of global female suicides

Sabharwal’s mother is one of the thousands of women who die by suicide every year in India.

In 2018, according to research published in the Lancet Public Health October issue, Indian women make up nearly 37 percent of global female suicide deaths.

Although the rate of death by suicide for Indian women has dropped since 1990, it has not fallen as fast as elsewhere in the world.

In 2016, #suicide was the ninth leading cause of deaths in #India. In many cases, victims were educated, have had successful careers, they belonged to the middle class and/or they were married.

“Globalization and the ensuing media blitz have increased the aspirations of #women while society at large has failed to live up to the changes thereof, so there’s a definite discord between aspirations and reality,” said Johnson Thomas, director of Aasra, a #suicide prevention hotline in Mumbai.

“The change towards nuclear families has increased the pressure on women to earn well, as well as maintain the home,” he says.

Support from extended family members is no longer the norm, meaning women bear the double burden of career and household responsibilities.

But Anna Chandy, chairperson of the Live Love Laugh Foundation, a charitable trust focused on creating awareness about #mentalhealth and reducing #stigma, says #suicide is not necessarily more prevalent among educated women.

“This is because of better reporting and not because incidence is [more so] among the educated,” she explains.

Until 2017, suicide was a criminal offence in #India – and an attempt carried a prison sentence of up to one year or a fine, or both.

In 2017, suicide and attempted #suicide were decriminalised.

According to the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017, people who attempt #suicide “shall be presumed, unless proved otherwise, to have severe #stress and shall not be tried and punished under the said Code”.

The government is now mandated to provide care to victims.

But analysts say decriminalization, while important, is not enough.

The implementation of the new bill was not comprehensive.

Some hospitals, medical clinics and police stations have not yet been briefed about the new bill, which means that in practice things remain relatively the same.

“The act hasn’t been notified at the police stations yet, so outdated laws are still referred to when booking an attempted #suicide,” says Thomas. “Though the bill was passed, it hasn’t taken effect yet in all the regions of the country.”

There is still some ambiguity about the wording of the bill, which states that there is a necessary level of stress required for the act not to be a crime.

“This is a very vague and ambivalent way of framing whether this is a criminal act or not and it can be taken either way,” says Sabharwal.

“The language that we use is still ‘committed suicide’ when actually it’s a person dying by #suicide. They don’t commit #suicide like they commit a crime.”

#Stigma persists

The #stigma surrounding #suicide remains; victims’ relatives continue to hide the cause of death, reporting it as the result of an accident, drowning or fall.

Sabharwal still sees a reluctance to talk openly about #mentalhealth, especially to friends and family.

This is perhaps why anonymous #suicideprevention hotlines have become so popular.

“I think it’s fear of being judged and the #stigma,” says Sunitha Ramachandram, shift coordinator at Samaritans Mumbai, a #suicide hotline that has been active since 1993.

“#Mentalillness carries a lot of #stigma in our community and a student or a young person would never want their peer to know their weakness, however close they may be.”

Removing the fear of being judged is neither straightforward nor easy.

“There’s no magic formula,” says Thomas. “It’s usually the conditioning of a person and resilience developed over time that enables a person to overcome his or her difficulties.

“Education and training in problem-solving, developing #mental strength and emotional well being will certainly help the cause.”

But without a marked shift in attitudes, real change will be slow.

According to Chandy, “It will take years of awareness, sensitization and education on #mentalhealthissues until it will become embedded in the DNA of our culture.”

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#JamesDonaldsononMentalHealth – CHSAA To Require #MentalHealth Course For All Coaches

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AURORA, Colo. — After several recent student #suicides, #highschool #coaches in #Colorado will now be required to take a course in #mentalhealth and #suicideprevention due to a new mandate from the #ColoradoHighSchoolActivitiesAssociation (CHSAA) board of directors.

Research by the U.S. #DepartmentofHealthandHumanServices shows 31% of high school students reported #depression symptoms in 2017 and 17% seriously considered suicide.

#Highschool #athletes build special bonds with their coaches, who are sometimes the first person a student turns to for help. That is something CHSAA wants to build upon.

#JamesDonaldson notes:

 

Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for #mentalhealthawarenessandsuicideprevention, especially pertaining to our younger generation of students and student-athletes.

Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.

Having gone through a recent bout of #depression and #suicidalthoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.  #http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle

“Multiple incidents, as you know in the media, have occurred in our state that made us feel we need to be more intentional as a state association to lead the charge to expanding some awareness,” Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green said.

She said CHSAA’s Sports Advisory Committee came up with the mandate and heavily recommended it to the board, which adopted it.

The #NationalFederationofHighSchoolSports offers the 20-minute course online and it’s free. Some school districts also offer courses in #mentalhealth, which also meet the new requirement.

“Truly, the course is about making coaches aware [of] seeing some of the warning signs and then kind of how to report those certain things to the next level or to reach out immediately for help for a kid in crisis,” Blanford-Green said.

CHSAA’s goal is to open up the conversation and give coaches information about resources to help kids without putting too much pressure on the coaches.

“We do not want to place our coaches in a position to be diagnostic in any way. We just need them to be aware because coaches’ relationships with students is oftentimes the first person that sees that,” said Blanford-Green.

CHSAA leaders say athletics is second to the #mentalhealth and well-being of its #athletes.

“Our focus is really making sure the #highschool experience for our students in Colorado — they walk away with that caring component,” Blanford-Green said.

The organization has had many #coaches already take the course, and so far, it says the feedback is overwhelmingly positive.

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#JamesDonaldsononMentalHealth – End The #Stigma Attached To #MentalIllness

End the #stigma attached to #mentalillness  JUL 13, 2019 9:00 PM

Thank you to the Post-Gazette for running Greg Victor’s thoughtful and well-informed article last Sunday about #mentalhealthissues and #mentalillness (July 7, “It’s Stonewall Time for the Mentally Ill”).

JamesDonaldson notes:

 Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for #mentalhealthawarenessandsuicideprevention, especially pertaining to our younger generation of students and student-athletes.

Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.

Having gone through a recent bout of #depression and #suicidalthoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.  #http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle

 

According to the #CentersforDiseaseControlandPrevention, in 2015 an estimated 43.4 million adults — about one in five Americans age 18 or older — had a #mentalillness sometime during the previous year. An estimated 9.8 million adults — about one in 25 Americans age 18 or older — had a serious #mentalillness.

#Suicide rates continue to climb. In 2016, there were 44,965 recorded #suicides. The rates are the highest recorded in 28 years. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among young people.

The number of people with #mentalhealthissues continues to grow, yet many of them are hidden among us — our friends, neighbors, colleagues and family members.

Mental Health America of Southwestern PA (MHA-SWPA) advocates, educates and provides supportive services for the mentally ill. We are the local affiliate of Mental Health America (formerly the National Mental Health Association), now in our 55th year of service.

Yet our society is only beginning to understand that a #mentalillness is not a weakness or a character flaw but an illness. And it is past time that everyone who understands this speaks out against the #stigma attached to #mentalillness and helps us reform the #mentalhealth system in America.

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MHA-SWPA is grateful to individuals such as Mr. Victor who speak with such powerful voices about the importance of addressing #mentalhealth.

Laurie Barnett Levine
Executive Director
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