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  • Writer's pictureUtkarsha M

Tears in Heaven

Updated: Aug 12, 2021

Every hour, one student commits suicide in India!!!

Student suicides in the country have increased by 52 per cent — from 17 every day (6,248) in 2007 to 26 every day in 2016. India has one of the world’s highest suicide rates for youth aged 15 to 29. Around 75,000 students committed suicides in India between 2007 and 2016. Maharashtra (1,350, highest), West Bengal (1,147) and Tamil Nadu (981).

Expectations from parents and society play a big role.

Many students are forced to take just one holiday a year, following a 14-hour study schedule and sit exams on Sundays. Those who fail to follow the demanding study schedules feel responsible for disappointing their parents and falling behind their peers.

Mental health issues in India

An inability to cope with small frustrations, failure and loss, often coupled with social alienation, creates a critical situation for many students. When it comes to mental health, Indian parents need to stop going into denial mode and issuing defensive statements like, “My child has no such problems!”


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