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Suicides highest amid young Indians in Malaysia


By NewsGram Staff Writer

Kuala Lumpur: The suicide count among youths in Malaysia is highest among males of Indian descent, a new study discloses.

“The suicide rate among youths was 1.03 per 100,000 population in 2009, accounting for the male gender (66.0 per cent), with Indians being the highest suicide completers (40.4 per cent and 5.6 per 100,000 population),” a recent study published in the Asia-Pacific Psychiatry journal has revealed.

“The most-common method of suicide was hanging (56.6 per cent) followed by self-poisoning (15.1 per cent),” news portal reported, citing the study.

Another study, published in The Scientific World Journal in 2014, had echoed the same, saying that the Indian population in Malaysia makes up the largest percentage of people who attempt suicide.

The article said from 1969 to 2011, Indians had the highest suicide attempt rates at 3.67 per 100,000. The Chinese followed at 2.44 per 100,000 and Malays had rates as low as 0.32 per 100,000.

“Some of the risk factors among Malaysian Indians which could explain the higher number of suicide attempts in this group are poverty (a majority of Indians are from the lower social class) and alcoholism,” the researchers highlighted.

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Also, psychiatry morbidity, caste issues, other social distress, cultural and religious factors and attitude to suicide contributed to the cases.

“On the other hand, it is much more difficult for Muslim Malays to attempt suicide since it is against their religion,” the researchers added.

“Education also contributed to some differences; 89 per cent of the studies showed that suicide attempters had secondary level of education compared to primary and tertiary,” researchers noted.

In 2015, some high profile suicide cases which grabbed media attention involved Malaysian Indians.

In May, an Indian journalist had jumped in front of a train and was killed.

In another case, a woman shot a video threatening revenge– in the form of killing her child– from her grave before committing suicide.

The video went viral and on the same weekend, her one-year-old daughter died.

With inputs from IANS

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A suspected novel coronavirus (COVID-19) patient admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital committed suicide by jumping from the hospital building. This is a health news.

According to the police, the deceased was a 35-year old man from Punjab with a travel history to Sydney. The man was admitted after he arrived at the IGI Airport on Wednesday around 9 p.m. after he complained of headache. He was only a suspected case.

The ongoing situation amid the outbreak of the pandemic in the country is not only a physical hazard but is also taking a toll on mental health, doctors say.

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People in quarantine due to coronavirus may go through boredom, anxiety, anger, restlessness and frustration. Pixabay

Such incidents affect individuals and society on many levels, causing disruptions. While stigma and xenophobia may be seen as social aspect of the pandemic outbreak it may have a long lasting impact on the mental health at the individual level too, Roma Kumar, Senior Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Max Hospital told IANS.

Kumar said: “There’s a fear or panic due to the current situation. We are all feeling uncertain about what could happen in the coming weeks, as we hope to slow the spread of this pandemic.

“Feelings of anxiety and uncertainty are completely normal during times like this.”

Kumar said that “this is confusing and stressful time for all of us and it can affect our mental health. Any rumour or speculation can fuel anxiety.”

She suggested that at such times where social distancing is required, people should try and keep in touch with their friends and family by telephone, email or social media.

“Involve your family and children in various indoor fun activities. We need to minimise the negative impact it has on our children and explain the facts to them.”

The doctor advised that people can create a new daily routine that prioritises looking after themselves. “Try reading more or watching movies, and exercise.”

She also suggested that people who are already suffering from mental illness, should continue their treatment regimens. She advised people not to indulge in smoking and drinking.

“Consider developing a plan for tele-health sessions with your psychologist. You are worthy of trust, accomplishment and love. Allow yourself to hear that,” she added.

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There’s a fear or panic due to the current coronavirus situation. Pixabay

Arti Anand, consultant clinical psychologist at Sir Gangaram Hospital told IANS that the results of an event like the present pandemic may be drastic on the mental health of the people.

“Anxiety, depression, stress, lack of confidence, state of confusion to name a few. People may suffer indecisiveness tendencies even if it all gets over. They will feel fearful, sad, angry and helpless. They will be scared in using public transport, contacting other people, walking on the road, even in following their daily routine like going for work.

“It is called post traumatic panic attack and may result in social isolation and clinical depression. They will not be able to believe that the virus has gone, they will think that it is still there or may come back.”

The doctor also added that people in quarantine may go through boredom, anxiety, anger, restlessness and frustration.

“If the disease is transmitted in their family members through them, they may feel guilty. They can also develop suicidal tendencies.

“Many people might find it difficult to go to their jobs and face financial difficulties to add to their stress level.

“Most vulnerable are the old age people. The fear is instilled in their minds. They are not socialising for example they are not going for a walk in the park out of fear. This can result in stress and loneliness.”

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Anand suggested some measures to remain unaffected from all these mental illnesses during this time.

“In many countries people are doing activities like meditation, following hobbies, reading and so on. These things can help negate the effect of isolation,” said she. (IANS)