Increasing Suicidal Cases In Pakistan In 2018

Aadarsh Waheed


Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death. According to WHO, close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 years old persons. It is worth noted that National Suicidal Statistics are not compiled on a formal level nor officially reported to WHO, thus leaving any obtained data to be neglected and underreported. In the last 9-10 months, more than 346 people have committed suicide over in seven districts of Malakand division. Swat had the highest number of suicides with more than 222 cases being reported in the last 10 months. While 73 people committed suicide in Buner, 26 in Shangla, 15 in lower Dir and many in Chitral. And even the biggest city of Pakistan that is Karachi is also having a huge number of suicidal cases. Actually, these cases are increasing with each passing day in whole Pakistan.

In countries like Pakistan, social factors such as unemployment, lack of access to health, education, housing, transport and poor law create a lot of stress. This stress leads toward depression and person commits suicide.79% of global suicides to occur in low and middle-income countries. We come across news like a woman committed suicide with her children because of poverty, a student took his life after teacher repeatedly failed him out of personal grudges, a rickshaw driver ended his life after a traffic warden charged him a challan, a man killed himself after killing his wife mercilessly, a dejected father of rape victim ended his life, a teenager committed suicide over poor grades, a boy and a girl took their lives as their parents were not willing for their marriage, a teenager killed herself because she was raped, a man took his life because he was jobless, a woman committed suicide because she was divorced, an actress killed herself because she was struggling with cyber bullying and a person with mental illness did the same.

Whenever you hear about suicide that sadness, heartache, pain and helplessness can’t be explained in words. It feels like the pages were ripped out in the middle of story leaving us all in despair and agony. You may have a thought when that person had tried to find help, no one paid attention to the cries for help faded away in the wind. But why don’t people understand that their mental health is more important than the test, the interview, the lunch date, the meeting, the job, the family dinner etc.? And God is definitely going to send blessings, solutions, healing, love and positive change your way.

Financial problems, losing social position, academic failure, ending a relationship, losing a job, bullying or humiliation, childhood sexual abuse, rape, physical abuse or war trauma, use of drugs, fear of loss, inferiority complex, psychological disorders, chronic pain or an illness with no hope of cure, loneliness and feeling of being burden to others are if not all but some major causes of suicide. In addition, suicide rates are also high among vulnerable groups who face discrimination such as refugees and migrants, indigenous peoples; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and prisoners. In Pakistan, we are mostly not ready to accept things that show deviation from normal. We don’t understand that mental health is as important as our physical health. We can’t see the pain of eccedentesiast and even if we came to know about it, we don’t give it the required value. Pakistan being an under developing country has almost all the above-mentioned issues but the solution to these is not suicide but education and counselling. We need to educate people about the importance of their mental health. We need to rescue them from suicidal thoughts. We as an individual should accept, talk and understand our dear one’s situation when they are facing or experiencing anything that is difficult for them to bear. We should give them a lesson of hope and should also be hope for them. We should make them believe that if you love life, life will love you back and let’s plant seeds of love on the path you walk and some of the seeds will bloom into beautiful flowers.

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