Loss of single person a great loss to the nation and family
M inistry of Health observed the world suicide prevention day on 10 September at Youth Development Fund hall, Thimphu.
The world health organization estimates over 800,000 people die by suicide each year which is one person suicides every 40 second.
The suicide is caused in the aged between15-29 globally. World Health Organization representative for Bhutan, Dr. Ornella Lincetto said, “It is important to note that every suicide is a preventable strategy,” adding it is preventable strategy not only for the disease but also to those family members and loves one who left behind.
The Department of Public Health pledged the commitment to work towards prevention of suicide in the country. An official said, “Losing someone is always very painful but loosing someone to suicide is even more painful for the families and friends,” adding they stand more unified and more determined to prevent further lost of lives to suicide.
The force of suicide has not spread in Bhutan. However, the study on suicide cases of 2009 to 2013 shows the total of 361individuals committed suicide in 5 years an average of 73 suicides in each year which is large for the country.
87 percent of the suicide occurred within the aged group of 15-40 the most productive age group population where 88 percent has occurred in rural areas among married with 66 percent and those with less edu- cation. While, 58 percent of the suicide occurred to the people who earns low income less than Nu.3000 per month.
Health minister, Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk said, “Losing people in the economic productive age is a great loss to the nation.” He added, “The country with the less population, the lost of even one person is a tragic loss for the family and country.”
The government directed to conduct the study on suicide cases in the country and implemented the suicide prevention programme under the ministry of health.
In Bhutan, suicide ranks in top six leading causes of death after the alcohol liver diseases.
Some of the major factors which lead to suicides are the economic factors, relationship problems, domestic violence, and emotional abuse. Besides, alcohol and drug abuse, mental illness is also factors that have been leading to suicide.
The suicide in the Buddhist context is a more sinful and in fact great loss to the parents. Khenpo Kuenzang, Tango Buddhist University said it is hard to born in the human realm and we should consider us as a lucky. “We are having more power than other realm to practice religious.”
Themed, connect, communicate and care clearly provides the message on role of prevention of suicide requires all sectors including the government agencies, non-government organization, private sectors, communities, politician and policy makers and individuals
“We need to connect them with various organizations that provide the support services,” Lyonpo said, “We need to communicate and talk with people who are venerable to suicide. We need to care about the suicide and make people to prevent suicide.”
“Before caring about others we need to care ourselves, we need to provide support to those who are in need of our support,” Lyonpo said.
Members of parliament distinguish guest from UNDP, officials from government and non-governmental organization and media personnel, principal and students from higher secondary schools from Thimphu, Students from Royal Thimphu College and faculty of Nursing and public health has attended to observe the day.