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Bihar doctors to launch massive campaigns to prevent youths from committing suicides

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 PATNA: Doctors in Bihar have decided to launch a month-long campaign to prevent rising incidents of suicides among the youths.

Under part of the plan, Indian medical Association (IMA), IMA AKN Sinha Institute and the Indian Psychiatry Society (IPS) will launch a month-long campaign from September 10.

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The campaign which starts on September 10 will conclude on October 10. The campaign will be launched in educational institutions, such as schools, colleges and coaching institutes.

“The overall situation is turning very critical by the day,” said Dr Saurabh Kumar, associate professor with psychiatry department in Patna Medical College and Hospital, who has been made the nodal officer of the campaign.

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“Increasing competition is causing depression among the youths and driving them to end their lives but this could be checked by launching awareness campaigns,” Dr Kumar asserted.

According to a report, around 800,000 people commit suicides worldwide every year. Out of them, 135,000 people end their lives in India alone.

In 2016, the number of suicides in India had increased to 230,314, a report said. Majority of the people committing suicides were in the age-groups of 15-29 years and 15-39 years.

The main reasons of suicides in India, reports added, have been family problems, prolonged illness, marriage-related issues, unemployment, dowry-related cases, failure in examination, love affairs and drug abuse.

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