Suicidal tendency more in housewives, reveals data with Mental Hospital

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Sep 2018 10:15:29


Staff Reporter,

‘Something is inadequate in me’ feeling is on the rise among housewives, leading to development of suicidal tendency among them

If the statistics compiled by Mental Hospital’s Suicide Prevention Cell are to be believed, suicidal tendency is found more in housewives than others. The Cell was opened in the year 2010 and it has 335 total cases of which 250 are of follow-up and 85 are new. Dr Nitin Gulhane, Superintendent of Regional Mental Hospital told ‘The Hitavada’ that of total 325 cases, the highest 127 were of housewives, 77 of unemployed persons of all age groups, 78 of private sector employees, five of Government employees, nine of farmers, and 10 of students.

The reasons behind suicidal tendency in housewives include their dissatisfaction with regards to family atmosphere. In several cases, it was reported that they did not want to mold themselves in new atmosphere as they felt that new rules were being forced upon them. Domestic violence also is another major cause as housewives are the ultimate sufferers. Husbands beating their wives in a drunken state is a very common scene in lower middle class families, revealed analysis of the data.

The employees in private sector live their lives in stress. Workload, ill-treatment, tension of losing job make these people feel depressed, the analysis pointed out. There are different categories in unemployed sector. Some are well-educated but not getting suitable jobs according to their level of education. Some are not qualified to get jobs. Some are sacked from their jobs. They are of different age-group and their only pain is that they do not have jobs. There are farmers who always think of committing suicide because of reasons known to everybody. The students also visit the Suicide Prevention Cell of Mental Hospital as they have developed fear of failure.

Dr Gulhane said, “The success rate of the Cell is 100 per cent. In fact, the tendency of approaching our Cell is on the rise, which is a good thing in a way. Earlier, very few people came to the hospital as there was stigma about going to a psychiatrist. There are people having mental illness or they attempt suicide due to depression. Through the Cell, have been able to make a difference to lives of many people. We do psycho evaluation, give medicine, do counseling and if needed we conduct Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). But, ECT is the last resort and the call for it has to be taken very cautiously.”

Social norms play an important role in suicidal behaviour. Sociologists feel that it is an outcome of industrialisation as relations between new urbanized communities creates vulnerability to self-destructive behaviour, said Dr Nikhil Pande, a well-known psychiatrist.

Dr Pande asks everybody to be sensible enough if somebody near and dear to them is thinking seriously about suicide. Dr Pande cautions against giving any suggestion to such person like ‘stay positive’ or ‘don’t be afraid of anything’ or ‘life is beautiful why to waste’ etc.

According to Dr Pande, “Socio-economic reasons are the major cause for suicidal tendencies. We should take serious cognisance of people who have developed suicidal thoughts. Instead of consoling them, one should become a good listener. If we listen carefully to what these people say, it can reduce their will to commit suicide. Remember a suicidal person may not ask for help, but that does not mean that help is not wanted. Talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life.”

Dr Anil Navkhare, Deputy Superintendent at Mental Hospital, said, “There is a gradual increase in loneliness and detachment that leads to depression. The feeling of ‘something is inadequate in me’ is another important aspect.”

According to Dr Navkhare, “The female are more prone to suicide especially those who go through post-partum period. It is a transition state when she becomes mother. Many women can not adjust themselves to the new role and go under depression.”  There are warning signs found in the people who think of committing suicide and for such people there is Helpline number 104 where someone listens to them.