Assessing the quality of suicide reporting in online newspapers in Uttar Pradesh, India, according to World Health Organization guidelines

Background: Sensitive media reporting has an important role in suicide prevention. However, there is no research on the quality of media reporting of suicide in newspapers of Uttar Pradesh (UP), India. Aim: The present study aimed to assess the quality of newspaper reports of suicide against the World Health Organization (WHO) reporting guidelines. Method: Suicide news content of four purposively[…]

Cultivating distress: Cotton, caste, and farmer suicides in India.

Nearly 4,00,000 farmers committed suicide in India between 1995 and
2018. This translates into approximately 48 suicides every day. The
majority of suicides were those from ‘backwarded’ castes including Dalit
farmers. This ethnographic study on cotton farmer suicide reports narratives of surviving Dalit families. The results reveal that financial and

“It’s a battle for eyeballs and suicide is clickbait”: The media experience of suicide reporting in India

Suicide rates in India are among the highest in the world, equating to over 200,000 suicide deaths annually. Crime reports of suicide incidents routinely feature in the Indian mass media, with minimal coverage of suicide as a broader public health issue. To supplement our recently published content analysis study, we undertook qualitative interviews[…]

Evaluation of the SPIRIT integrated suicide prevention programme: Study protocol for a cluster-randomised controlled trial in rural Gujarat, India

Background: Suicide is a major public health challenge globally and specifically in India where 36.6% and 24.3% of all suicides worldwide occur in women and men, respectively. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals uses suicide rate as one of two indicators for Target 3.4, aimed at reducing these deaths by one third by 2030. India[…]

Suicide of a farmer amid COVID-19 in India: Perspectives on social determinants of suicidal behavior and prevention strategies

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has impacted not only physical health but also mental health and wellbeing globally. These impacts can be critically higher among marginalized individuals and populations like farmers in India. While most of them live in poor socioeconomic conditions, recent psychosocial challenges due to the COVID-19 lockdown had brought endless suffering in their[…]

Knowledge and attitude of young adults regarding suicide in Varansi.

Introduction: Suicide is a permanent act for a temporary problem. This is very difficult to discuss but silence can have tragic results and knowledge can save lives. Aims: To assess the knowledge and attitude of young adults regarding suicide. Methods: The cross-sectional-Descriptive Research Design, were used. The sample comprises of 50 young adults,[…]

Consequences of farmer suicide in India and action plans for stopping farmer suicides

India is an agrarian country with around 60% of its people depending directly or indirectly upon agriculture. Agriculture in India is often attributed as gambling with monsoon of its almost exclusive dependency on precipitation from monsoons. The failure of these monsoon can lead to a series of droughts lack of better prices and exploitation of[…]

Media matters in suicide–Indian guidelines on sucide reporting.

The Press Council of India chaired by Justice C.K. Prasad, in a release dated September 13, 2019, has adopted guidelines on reporting on suicides, based on the WHO guidelines. It states that newspaper and news agencies while reporting the cases of suicide must NOT: Place stories about suicide prominently and unduly repeat such stories

The geographic heterogeneity of suicide rates in India by religion, caste, tribe, and other backward classes

Background: Caste, tribal, and religious associations, which are perhaps the most important aspects of personal and social lives in India, have been neglected in Indian suicide research. Aim: To investigate suicide rates in India by religion, caste, tribe, and other backward classes over the period 2014–2015. Method: This study acquired unpublished suicide data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)[…]

Gender differentials and state variations in suicide deaths in India: the Global Burden of Disease Study 1990-2016

A systematic understanding of suicide mortality trends over time at the subnational level for India’s 1·3 billion people, 18% of the global population, is not readily available. Thus, we aimed to report time trends of suicide deaths, and the heterogeneity in its distribution between the states of India from 1990 to 2016.