Data accessed from a query under the Right to Information (RTI) revealed that 2010 witnessed the maximum number of suicide cases in the age group 15-29 in the last decade because of family problems.
The data, for the years 2001-2010, accessed by Pune-based RTI activist Vihar Durve and released by the Mumbai police computer wing revealed that of 1,192 suicides recorded in 2010, an astounding 44% (528) suicides were because of family problems with 582 cases reported between the age group of 15 and 29 years. In the years 2001 and 2005, family problems accounted for 15% (185) and 30% (358) of suicides in the city, far less than in 2010.
Experts said the strain in family relationships is a consequence of urban lifestyle pressures, which affect youngsters. "Career stress has risen for college-goers. In a performance-driven society, youngsters often do not have anyone to speak to," said Marie Fernandes, principal, St Andrew's College, Bandra.
Last year, failure in love affairs accounted for 47 suicides. "I have one counselling case everyday for relationship break-ups," said Sejal Mehta, psychotherapist.
Other factors contributing to higher suicide rates in 2010 are illnesses (340), drug abuse (55) and unemployment (49).
"The youth want instant gratification out of their efforts. Work pressures are often the core reasons behind suicidal tendencies," Mehta added. Principal Kirti Narain of Jai Hind College, Churchgate said, "Efficient counselling centres in colleges are an effective deterrent. Students receive counselling in considerable numbers at our centres."