Beware, these are the types of cancer where patients are at higher risk of committing suicide

Beware, these are the types of cancer where patients are at higher risk of committing suicide

Patients with prostate, bladder or kidney cancers are five times more likely to commit suicide, a survey led by an Indian-origin scientist has found. The analysis also showed that cancer patients are about three times more likely to commit suicide than the general population. The proportion of attempted suicides which result in a completed or successful suicide was higher in cancer patients, with a higher proportion still in patients with urological cancers. Severe psychological stress is one of the main side-effects of both a diagnosis of cancer and the treatment,…

Read More

Suicide notes, self-harm messages a cry for help?

Suicide notes, self-harm messages a cry for help?

When Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma croon the “break-up song” in Bollywood flick ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, he advises her to update her social media status from “baasi relationship ka label” (in a relationship) to “available” and get on with her life. If only it were so easy to handle a heart break. In June this year, when Hani Aswani of Ulhasnagar, a Mumbai suburb, broke up with his girlfriend of six years, he decided to hang himself. And, to drive home the message, the 26-year-old livestreamed his last moments…

Read More

Heartbreak tops reasons for youngsters contemplating suicide: Government helpline

Heartbreak tops reasons for youngsters contemplating suicide: Government helpline

BENGALURU: Natasha M (name changed), 15, attempted suicide by consuming poison after her family found out that she was in love with an older man and got him thrashed. The teenager’s parents took her to Dr A Jagadish, consultant psychiatrist at Abhaya Hospitals, who was shocked to see such a young girl walk in. “Such instances force us to question the inappropriate age at which marriage decisions are being made. In India, the suicide rate is the highest among youngsters and the elderly. While the former assume their bereaved parents…

Read More

Social connectedness can escalate suicide risk: Study

Social connectedness can escalate suicide risk: Study

A new research showed that community characteristics play an important role in perpetuating teen suicide clusters and thwarting prevention efforts. The study, conduicted by sociologists at the University of Chicago and University of Memphis, illustrates how the homogeneous culture and high degree of social connectedness of a community can increase suicide risk, particularly among teenagers. Such conditions contribute to clusters in which a series of suicides happen around the same time and in close proximity. While news outlets have repeatedly documented the emergence of clusters, little is understood about why…

Read More

Hepatitis & HIV patients with infection at higher risk of suicide

Hepatitis & HIV patients with infection at higher risk of suicide

Hepatitis & HIV patients with infection at higher risk of suicide (MarioGuti/Getty Images) People diagnosed with Hepatitis and HIV or AIDS have high chances of committing suicide after being hospitalised with infections like viral, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry investigated associations between infectious diseases and the risk of death by suicide. Researchers studied those aged 15 and above and the infections were divided into categories like bacterial, viral, others and infection type such as sepsis, hepatitis, genital, central nervous system, HIV or…

Read More