New Delhi: The mental depression is proving to more dangerous than coronavirus in Jharkhand these days. If data of suicides is taken into consideration during the lockdown and Unlock 1.0, the average of people committing suicide every day is 5.5. Also Read - Lockdown Extension | How to Apply For E-Pass in Bengal, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Delhi And Maharashtra. Step-by-Step Guide Here
According to data of the state government, 449 people have committed suicide in March, April and up to June 25. In June itself 134 people have committed suicide. One person is committing suicide every 4.50 hours. Also Read - Coronavirus In India: Recoveries Surpass Fresh Cases For 5th Straight Day; Govt Says Situation Stabilising
Psychiatrists say that the depression due to lockdown has made a deep impact on the minds of the people. Also Read - Assam Lockdown Guidelines: Shops to Close at 11 AM, No Vehicular Movement After 12 PM | Full List of Fresh Restrictions Here
“During lockdown and Unlock 1.0 around 1,200 people suffering from depression have approached our institute. During lockdown, we were getting more than 150 phone calls every day from people suffering from depression. There were 20 per cent people who had given up hope to live and wanted to end their life,” said a doctor at the Central Institute of Psychiatry here.
Dr Sanjay Kumar Mandal, a psychiatrist of CIP admitted a large number of people approached the institute during lockdown suffering from depression.
In state capital Ranchi, 55 people committed suicide from April 1 to June 25. Psychiatrists say that economic slowdown, fear of losing jobs, unemployment and other factors caused deep depression among people. The sense of insecurity prompted many people to commit suicide.
“People were locked inside homes during lockdown which led to a rise in disputes among family members, and domestic violence witnessed spurt. These factors promoted many people to commit suicide as they were unable to control their emotions. The right counselling within the family could have saved many lives” said psychiatrist Ajay Kumar.