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Mumbai: Suicide Amongst Children And Teenagers Reduced In The Past Year

Amongst the 14-18 age group, the fall was nearly 35% from 88 in 2019 to 57 in 2020.

Mumbai: Suicide Amongst Children And Teenagers Reduced In The Past Year
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RTI Activist, Jeetendra Ghadge who received statistics from the Mumbai police, reported by the Times of India, has enabled to bring to light some interesting nuances about suicides in Mumbai.

The suicide rate in Mumbai through all the age groups rose between 2019 and 2020, but, that among children and teenagers reduced in the last year. The reduction is claimed to be sudden at the larger end of the sub-adult segment, stated the report.

The report goes on to elucidate that this facet can be linked to the fact that parents were at home since the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, enabling young minds to be connected with their families. Amongst the 14-18 age group, the fall was nearly 35% from 88 in 2019 to 57 in 2020, highlighted the account.

Ghadge elaborated that suicide rates amongst children fell prominently because they were under the supervision of their parents whilst on the lockdown, mentioned that narrative.

The report also quoted the President of the Early Childhood Association and the Association of Primary Education and Research who elucidated that when they surveyed youngsters, they realized three prominent causes of suicide that were parental pressure, academic achievement and bullying. But these were low during the pandemic because parents were more inclined to look after the well-being of their children, the presence of connection and the absence of examination stress.

The narrative also mentioned statements from other experts in the field about this occurrence.  

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