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Psychologist: 11,000 suicides every year in Bangladesh

  • Published at 10:01 pm January 20th, 2019
Guests and organizers at the launching of a suicide awareness group ‘Anikder Jonno Uddog’ in Satkhira on Sunday, January 20, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Speakers at the press meet said each incident of suicide needed to be thoroughly investigated and the issues behind them resolved

Around 11,000 people kill themselves in Bangladesh every year, says a psychologist.

By this account, on average 172 people are committing suicide in each district, Md Selim Chowdhury, assistant professor of psychology at Dhaka University, told the press at the launching of a suicide awareness group in Satkhira on Sunday.

He added that the numbers were showing an upward trend.

“The onus is on us to protect our new generation from these tendencies,” he said.

The government needs to adopt various strategies and plans to prevent suicides, he added.

The organization, ‘Anikder Jonno Uddog,’ would work to prevent suicides through awareness campaigns and other efforts, its members said at the press meet.

The convener, journalist Subhash Chowdhury, said that in 2018 there were 367 unnatural deaths in Satkhira.

“By that count, one person died unnaturally in the district every day  last year.”

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“Among those committing suicide, the majority are school and college students,” Subhash said.

On Saturday, three female college students killed themselves in the district, he said.

“All of the suicides were over trivial matters.”

“Our youngsters suffer from frustration and depression for various reasons. They commit suicide to protest or retaliate against these situations,” Subhash said.

“We need concerted social efforts to bring children out of these tendencies,” he said.

Speakers at the press meet said each incident of suicide needed to be thoroughly investigated and the issues behind them resolved.

They said the reasons behind the growing number of suicides needed to be investigated. The speakers presented several proposals, including protecting children from drug abuse, facilitating their mental growth, not putting excessive pressure, with publications, counsellin,g and news reports on suicide prevention.

Among others who spoke at the press meet were local MP, Mustafa Lutfullah, and his wife Nasrin Khan Lipi, who have lost a child to suicide, psychologists Abdul Awal Miah and Salma Akhter, and Satkhira Press Club President Abu Ahmed.

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