Mumbai loses over 900 lives to suicide within 11 months, total rate shows decline of 14% – Times Now

Mumbai: Over 900 people living in Mumbai ended their lives by suicide between January and November this year. The data released by the Mumbai Police revealed that the number of suicides fell by 14 per cent this year. 
According to the data, the people aged between 19-30 years comprised the majority of the numbers while 10 per cent of the people were senior citizens. 
The data revealed that 371 people took the drastic step when a complete lockdown was imposed in the city. However, the total number of deaths this year- 928- were 14 per cent lesser than the total deaths that were recorded at 1,075. 
Dr Avinash De Sousa said that young adults who were 19 to 30-years-old were adversely impacted this year as they had been stranded in different cities amid the lockdown. As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, several people were left without jobs and struggled financially. Sousa told The Times of India, “Lack of social support, loneliness and financial issues made young adults more vulnerable.”
Dr Sagar Mundada, psychiatrist and de-addiction expert said that young adults often struggle as everything is available to them at the click of a button. Mundada said that young adults often struggle in the lack of instant gratification. 
The psychiatrist said that from failed relationships to being scolded by parents, young adults often feel frustrated and turn to addictive substances. The psychiatrist said that social support in the time of the lockdown led to a fall in the number of suicides. 
Mundada observed, “During the complete lockdown, addicts could not get access to liquor or drugs, and their withdrawal symptoms could be immediately spotted by families and they could seek help. The influx of patients for counselling and treatment prevented more deaths by suicides.”
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