'Family problems behind spike in women's suicide'

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  • Experts observed most women decide to end their lives at the spur of the moment.
  • Family counselling would be an effective remedy to control suicidal tendencies.
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The seminar was inaugurated by district panchayat President Babu Parassery.
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Kozhikode: Thanal, a suicide preventive centre, noted in a recently conducted seminar that familial unrest was the major motive behind the alarming increase in the number of women committing suicide. Family counselling would be an effective remedy to control suicidal tendencies, especially among women, they suggested. The experts who spoke at the seminar observed that most women decide to end their lives at the spur of the moment. It instructed to avoid such provoking circumstances at the households which may lead to suicidal tendencies among women. Meanwhile, the seminar also observed that the rate of suicides in Kerala have significantly gone down in the recent years.

The rate of suicides in Kerala, five years ago, was 31 people in a population of 1 lakh. This has now dipped to 21.6 people in 1 lakh. Thanal foundation trust chairman and psychiatry professor at Iqraa hospital Dr P N Sureshkumar said that Kerala, which ranked number one in the rate of suicides, is now ranked at eighth position. He added that, this positive shift has been possible because people have begun to treat mental and emotional distress scientifically.

IMA Women’s wing Kozhikode secretary and assistant professor at Medical College Dr Varsha Vudyadharan, Medical College medicine professor Dr R Chandni, Wayanadu district legal service authority sub judge K P Sunitha, Wayanadu district probation officer Ashraf Kaavil presented papers at the seminar.

The seminar was inaugurated by district panchayat President Babu Parassery. Thanal secretary Dr K A Abdul Khader, IMA secretary Dr Aneen N Kutty, Dr Sheela Sivan, Thanal suicide prevention centre director Amrit Kumar and program convener Sreemathi spoke at the event. 

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