SRINAGAR — In a worrying trend, over 500 suicide cases from different areas of Kashmir have been reported at Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital in last one year, officials said on Wednesday.
While sharing details, officials said that most of such cases reported at the hospital are those who have consumed poisonous substances.
From the last one year, a total of 515 people who were brought to this hospital had consumed poisonous substances, officials said, adding that 172 among them were male while 343 were female.
They informed that from April this year, a total of 17 persons were brought to SMHS who died by hanging themselves at different places. They said most of them were brought dead to the hospital.
The officials further said that at least 15 cases of suicides by jumping into water bodies have been reported at the hospital since April this year.
Meanwhile, experts say that parents can play a pivotal role in curbing the number of cases.
Dr Junaid Nabi, a psychiatrist, said that intolerance among people has resulted in an increase in suicidal cases, adding that job loss and drug abuse is also to be blamed.
He said that killing oneself is not a solution. “There is a need to put efforts to curb the number. Parents can play a pivotal role in this matter.”
“We should talk to people facing mental issues and help them to come out from such a situation,” he said.