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The devastating suicide epidemic in India’s schools, one life lost every hour



An alarming rate of students between 2014 and 2016 committed suicide throughout schools in India, exactly 26,468 students. This number comes down to one life every fifty-five minutes. In 2016, that number was more than one an hour, about 26 lives in 24 hours, a total of 9,474 students.

Below is a chart Quartz’s Atlas built on data that was provided to the Ministry of Home Affairs of the government of India:

The <u>causes</u> are many, and vary from the outlook on failure in classrooms to economic and employment prospects to workplace caste discrimination, such that even Indian <u>President Ram Nath Kovind</u> declared that "India does not simply have a mental health challenge... it is facing a possible mental health epidemic.” The Economic Times reports that <u>President Kovind</u> also pointed out another disparity of mental health practitioners and professionals - of which there are about “5,000 psychiatrists and less than 2,000 clinical psychologists in the country.”

There are perhaps other underlying causes in India, a country “where one fifth of the world’s suicides occur,” <u>University of California, Berkeley researchers</u> found.

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