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| Published: March 30, 2017

Suicide in India: Distinct Epidemiological Patterns and Implications

Altaf Ahmad Malla

Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Kashmir, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, Nasir Mohammad Bhat

Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Kashmir, India Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.201/20170402

DOI: 10.25215/0402.201

ABSTRACT

Suicide is a societal crisis which also deeply impacts the personal and family realms. Indian suicidal data present distinctive epidemiological patterns when we compare it with the global suicide rates and trends. Higher proportions of young individuals are resorting to suicide compared to any other country in the world, and Indian suicide rates, especially South Indian rates, are one of the highest in the world. In this article, we present various historical aspects and theories of Indian suicide and review of available Indian research from various sources such as community, hospitals, schools and forensic settings. We discuss our findings which reveal the distinctiveness of Indian data when we compare these with global data and draw implications for practice and policy.

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Altaf Ahmad Malla @ nasirbhat111@gmail.com

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ISSN 2348-5396

ISSN 2349-3429

DIP: 18.01.201/20170402

DOI: 10.25215/0402.201

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Published in   Volume 04, Issue 2, January-March, 2017

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