The number of suicide cases, prompted by mental illness, has increased by 128% in Madhya Pradesh last year in comparison to the year before, the state crime records bureau (SCRB) report, released by the MP police, has revealed.
There were a total 1,227 cases of suicide on account of alleged mental illness in 2015 in comparison to 538 cases recorded in 2014. A recent study conducted by National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) in co-ordination with All India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS), Bhopal, has found that 15 per cent of the total population in the state are suffering from major or minor mental health issues.
Of the total 1,227 cases in 2015, 861 were men and 366 women. The districts which recorded the highest number of suicides are Khargone with 95 cases, Mandla with 71 cases and Panna with 61 cases.
They were followed by Katni and Sehore districts with 58 and 53 cases respectively. The bigger districts in the state such as Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur recorded 36, 21, 31 and 48 cases respectively in the year 2015.
Speaking to Hindustan Times on the issue, psychiatrist, Dr Satyakant Trivedi, said that lack of proper treatment leads to a spurt in number of suicides.
“Almost 80% people who commit suicide owing to mental illness go untreated to avoid stigma in the society. Even after being detected with mental illness, people fear visiting psychiatrists as they fear being tagged as mad. Another reason which prompts people to fall prey to mental illness is substance abuse,” said Trivedi.
“Other major reasons include a stressful job schedule and lack of family time. There are only about 70 psychiatrists for 7.25 crore population of Madhya Pradesh which also adds to the concern,” said Trivedi.
He further told HT that people should be made more aware about the symptoms and effects of various mental illnesses.
“The government should initiate tele-consultancy by psychiatrist for people suffering from mental illness in small towns. They should also include the subject in the school curriculum. Only when the children get to know about the disorders in their formative years, they can create awareness about it in a holistic manner,” said Trivedi.