A detailed research by a senior psychiatrist revealed that the Indian Institute of Technology in Guwahati has the record of the highest number of suicides among all such similar premium institutes across India.
Addressing the esteemed crowd at the 33rd Down Town Public Oration, on February 15, senior psychiatrist Dr Suresh Chakravarty spoke regarding the IIT ( Guwahati) suicide cases during his speech on "TEEN SUICIDE".
The presentation by the doctor started with the definition of suicide which stated that "every case of death resulting directly or indirectly from a position or negative act performed by the victim himself and which strives to produce this result".
It was highlighted that 17% of worldwide suicides occur in India and the females attempt more but complete suicide more in males. There has been a 4-fold rise on the suicide rate in teens in the last few decades.
Some of the most common causes of suicide in India are failures in examinations, forced career choice, poor education system and not speaking up.
Dr Chakravarty said that the factors of suicide are biological, environmental and in some cases, there are some individual cases. Psychiatric disorders may also be a reason of suicide as depression and suicide go hand in hand. At times hopelessness and helplessness is witnessed as one of the most common factors of suicide.
A person who goes through suicidal tendencies may have impulsive and aggressive characteristics, have the inability to tolerate failure, may go through emotional dysregulation and dysfunctional attitudesA person who goes through suicidal tendencies may have impulsive and aggressive characteristics, have the inability to tolerate failure, may go through emotional dysregulation and dysfunctional attitudes.
It was said that in the present times, substance abuse has a linkage with suicide. Study shows that 75% of suicides involve one or more suicides, 69% of suicides involves alcohol and intoxication, 6% is caused by the consumption of cocaine.
It was said that media had a huge role to play in the prevention of suicides. The parents must give quality time to the children and help them out in every way to keep them away from all the negative thoughts.
While guiding the parents to prevent teen suicide, the doctor said that the parents should not leave the children alone at home, appreciate even their smallest achievement, stop pressuring them academically.
The program of the public oration was organized by the Down Town Hospital as a part of their 33rd-anniversary celebration where a few doctors were awarded for their dedicated services to the patients and their contribution to the medical world.
Dr Indra Kuladhipati (Interventional Cardiologist) was awarded the 23rd Down Town Award for Excellence in Medicine-2022. Apart from that Dr Moitrayee Kalita (consultant pulmonologist at the Down Town Hospital) was awarded Prof. Pratul Goswami Memorial Awards-2022 and Dr Dipak Kumar Sarma (Surgeon) was awarded with Prof. Jogesh Mahanta Memorial Award-2022.